There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America Bill Clinton. There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure Dwight David Eisenhower. Should Bill Clinton have quoted Eisenhower in his inaugural speech? I don´t think so… unless Clinton knew about the unoriginality of his phrase. Case in point, this blog. To me, this blog is mostly a blog of my ideas, or at least of what I think are my original ideas. Indeed my whole career has been built around what I think are my original ideas from callback to Educ.ar to FON. But the way I define originality is whether I had or did not have the idea on my own, not if somebody else also happened to have the same or a similar idea and I did not know about it. Now enter Google. One of the things that Google is great for is at testing your originality. Should Google develop a tool that googles every phrase as you write it? Maybe, but it would probably be terribly discouraging to discover that most phrases you write have been already said (should I google this last phrase?). And is the concept of a google based originality tester an original idea? I think so, because I never heard anyone mentioning a tool that checks your originality in real time. Indeed I believe that google or an associated developer should develop an “originalator” The originalator would basically destroy any idea that you thought was original (should I Google that as well?). Personally, I don´t think I could use it I would be paralyzed.

PS 1: using the google spell check from the toolbar while writing this post I discovered that the verb to google is not part of the google dictionary. Maybe the google originalator would be more lenient than what I had imagined.

PS 2: Damn!! I just google “originalator” and found 18 entries!

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