In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
Tom, our narrator, is a stranger in an intellectual community whose members experience the world by wondering how things are made and how they might be made differently.
Instead of characters undergoing dramatic changes, Tom's life in this world is defined by the changing plans for these things- objects that might help people overcome injuries, virtual reality experiences that induce profound nostalgia about memories, ambiguous and ordinary robots, and failed services intended to replace the function of mirrors. Tom's job is to tell stories about the work going on in this intellectual community and to look for the unacknowledged storytelling that is already part of the world. Many of the stories Tom hears and observes involve types of people called clients, consumers and designers - all figures who in this story are bound together by the common thread of trying to make visions and aspirations tangible.
Tom listens and watches people pour their practical and imaginative energies into plans for thing-projects and in the process gives centre stage to a pervasive but oddly inconspicuous aspect of what it means to be human in the world today