How has Google changed the way we think? Former Google employee Natasha Kesh gives us her opinion on Google's role in education:

Gutenberg walked that extra mile 500 years back, when we took a giant stride with his invention of the printing press.

Books were affordable and tonnes of information from ancient texts settled on blank pages, paving the way for a new brand of education, education 2.0.

But what if books had no price tags? What if letters from tomes seeped into our brains and galvanised into our brain cells?

What if pages from our favorite Foresynth, Dostoyevsky or Pamuk were at our beck and call. What if knowledge was free?

Enter Google, the world's most popular search engine.

Google: the search robots

The milestone is a California-based corporation that could be named BackRub but ended up being named Google.

In keeping with its motto of "organising the world’s information and making it universally acceptable", Google streamlined billions of webpages.

In a way, it assembled all that was legible - all that we call literature.

Ever since Google sent the information ball rolling, it managed to nestle itself in our brains as a word synonymous to free-flowing information - sometimes unrectified, most often scarily accurate.

Each product would just not talk to itself but to its consumers and the consumers to each other.

Throughout the years, Google has improved on their related searches and introduced elongated snippets after the search results to help people understand how they relate to a keyword on a query.

The Google market place

I had a short stint with Google and I didn't stop learning at any leg of my journey in the company.

Acquisition of You Tube, launching of Google Earth and Google Reader integrated the world.

I have Google in many parts of my life; I find it’s primary product Google Search the most easily usable, hands-on, and educative.

Gmail with its granular interface and huge storage space is also appealing to me.

I am worried about the prying eyes of Google ads on my emails. I wonder if a nondescript robot is reading my emails. However, I don’t call it voyeurism.

The collective

I find myself on many parts of Google, on many different servers, indexed from my college days.

I am delighted; perhaps, secretly, there is a part of me that wants to be heard and seen.

I use Google Calendar, though I must admit, it did control me - each incoming email ensured I 'calendared' a meeting with the same person. But I still like it. It keeps me on my toes.

The Google video icon sitting prettily on my Gmail lets me voice chat. Here I click on it and the next moment I chat with my dad 4,800 miles away.

Education 2.0

Education is seamless and Internet education has too many perforations. It fills walls and leaves holes unplugged.

It informs, entertains, and wants to show you more.

The last lines of Jim Morrison keeps coming back: "everything would appear to man as it truly is: infinite."

Google still appeals to me, because it invigorates.

Photo by Natasha Kesh
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Got Google on the brain

By: Natasha Kesh