In 1963, before Arpanet, the proto-internet, and way before the launch of Google, two men sent the first known long-distance computer query.
Research engineer Charles Bourne and computer programmer Leonard Chaitin forgot about their experiment for about three decades, not knowing what it would become.
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At the time of Bourne and Chaitin's breakthrough, most approaches for retrieving information were physical, for example, data stored on punch cards and sorted by machine.
The program they designed work the way Google does. A user could search for any word in the files. The data was sent over telephone lines, and after a long moment, the right answer was retrieved. Despite the success, the project was shut down. The world at that time had no use for the innovation.
Visual search uses artificial intelligence technology to help people search through the use of real-world imagery, rather than through text search.
So, when a person takes a photograph of an object, using Google Lens, for instance, the software identifies the object within the picture and provides information and search results to the user.
Millions of people like to flock to the beach in the summer, taking advantage of the warm weather and splashing in the waves.
But it was not always this way. Up until the 18th century, the beach created fear and anxiety. The coast was thought of as dangerous - it was where shipwrecks and natural disasters occurred. In classical mythology, a prominent theme was the wrath of the ocean. The beach was seen as a place of misfortune, where you found pirates and bandits, the Black Death and smallpox.
Chewing gum has been around for hundreds of years in the form of chicle, a resin obtained from the sapodilla tree in southern Mexico and Central America.
Long ago, the Mayans and the Aztecs knew that by cutting the bark, they could collect this resin and create a chewable substance from it. The Mayans cooked and dried it into "cha" to quench thirst and prevent hunger. The Aztecs used it as a breath freshener but viewed public gum chewing as unacceptable.
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