computer-science world by becoming the “killer application” that transferred effective control of computing to non-programmers in all disciplines.

One of the principal personal uses of computers today is searching the Internet’s wealth of online information. The idea of information retrieval is far from new, but the ability to dedicate computing power to amplifying human effort has led to new wrinkles, such as attempts to establish the relevance of information based on the number of people referring to it. Norvig explains the technology behind modern Internet searches.

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