TL;DR: The Internet has turned into a landfill where content is tailored for algorithms, not humans. All the tech muscle in the world can't seem to sort it out. Maybe it's time we bring humans back into the equation?
Google, once an unbiased lighthouse guiding us through the World Wide Web, is now a bustling flea market. Dominated by advertisers, SEO scavengers, the shadowy underbelly of blackhat operatives, and, buried somewhere in the midst, actual content creators. Search results are more pay-to-play than find-what-you-need. Who gets the spotlight? The highest bidder, of course!
We're hip to the game; we know the results are bought or SEO-manipulated. It's a perpetual showdown between the Google Brainiacs and the SEO tricksters. Spoiler alert: the tricksters are winning. Just glance at your search results!
Our trust is on the fritz. We're bombarded with ads, lost in an irrelevance avalanche. Genuine content is shunted aside because its creators are artists, not SEO athletes. We're seeking refuge in alternatives (duck duck go, brave search, bing), and are gravitating towards trusted platforms for answers (Amazon, Stackoverflow, etc).
What's Google's mantra? Garbage in, garbage out. They've tried to index the universe without considering quality, personality, or taste. The result? A tsunami of low-quality content, drowning out the truly worthy stuff. YouTube, you're no exception.
So, where's the silver lining? In human curation. Despite our quirks, humans are exceptional at sniffing out nonsense. We bring judgement, reasoning, and an irreplaceable personal touch. Imagine a world with multiple curators, each offering their unique perspective - a mosaic of truth, not a monolith.
Tapping into a Key Opinion Leader, an expert, or even an enthusiastic hobbyist for curation can yield better results than trawling through petabytes of search indexes. Because who knows the subject better than the people living it?
As AI grows more potent, it seems we might be able to catch this human lightning in a silicon bottle. Could we train these digital agents to mimic expert curation? Might you even train your own AI based on your preferences and discerning tastes?
Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: we've got our money on human curation over sterile algorithmic computation.