So much of our online lives revolve around searching for and finding the things we're looking for. We type words into text boxes and algorithms pull up the exact content we've requested. Somehow, these algorithms sort through and categorize the entire internet just so that we can search for the exact cat GIF we need to get through the day. It's pretty remarkable.
How do you write software to prioritize one cat GIF over another, almost identical cat GIF? One group of researchers is turning to fruit flies for inspiration, hoping that the structure of their brains can help us design a better search engine.