The Internet makes us think we’re smarter than we really are

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According to a new study, searching the internet for information gives people a ‘widely inaccurate’ view of their own intelligence. A new psychological study from Yale University found that people who have access to an online search engine when researching a topic are overly confident in their knowledge of the world, as compared with people who use other, nondigital tools.

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The ‘scariest search engine on the Internet’ finds Web-connected devices that Google doesn’t

Shodan

“When people don’t see stuff on Google, they think no one can find it. That’s not true.” – John Matherly, creator of Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet.

Unlike Google, which crawls the Web looking for websites, Shodan navigates the Internet’s back doors. It’s a kind of “dark” search engine, called by ZDNet the “Google for hackers”, looking for the servers, random webcams, printers, routers and all the other stuff that is connected to and makes up the Internet.

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