Google, a prototype of a large-scale search engine
This morning I found online a paper with the following introduction:
“In this paper, we present Google, a prototype of a large-scale search engine which makes heavy use of the structure present in hypertext. Google is designed to crawl and index the Web efficiently and produce much more satisfying search results than existing systems. The prototype with a full text and hyperlink database of at least 24 million pages is available at http://google.stanford.edu/ “
These words are the introduction to the University paper (http://infolab.stanford.edu/~backrub/google.html) that Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote at Stanford University to present a prototype called Google, an hyperlink database of at least 24 million pages.
Also one of the giants of the online industry began as a prototype...
My guess is that here in Europe we could have many Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but we are probably missing a place like Stanford and the ability to attract the next generation of Page and Brin to study in Europe and in its universities.
The US are still more appealing and China might be doing the same tomorrow.
Where do we stand in all this? can social media bring jobs and innovation in Europe? what are we missing in order to create the next Google, or Facebook, or Twitter?