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Tim Harford introduces inventions, ideas and innovations that have helped to create the modern economic world. Google's algorithm may shape our access to knowledge for generations.

The words "clever" and "death" crop up less often than "Google" in conversation. That's according to researchers at the University of Lancaster in the UK. It took just two decades for Google to reach this cultural ubiquity. Larry Page and Sergey Brin - Google's founders - were not, initially, interested in designing a better way to search. Their Stanford University project had a more academic motivation. Tim Harford tells the extraordinary story of a technology which might shape our access to knowledge for generations to come.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Editors: Richard Knight and Richard Vadon.

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