Ray Kurzweil’s Job At Google: Beat IBM’s Watson At Natural Language Search

ray-kurzweil-600 If Ray Kurzweil is right, computers will be smarter than humans 15 years from now. It's called "technological singularity" and a big part of his job at Google is making sure that vision becomes reality. Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist that became Google's Director of Engineering in late 2012, recently told the Guardian that his sole job at Google is to make the company's computers as smart as humans -- smarter, actually -- when it comes to natural language understanding. Anyone in the search industry should have no trouble seeing the implications of what Kurzweil and his team are doin [...]


Googling The Weather: From 20% Project To Sophisticated Query Analysis

google-weather-600 Millions of us have asked Google to play weatherperson. In order to get an answer to one of our oldest and most basic questions, we type a variety of words and numbers -- city names, neighborhoods and ZIP codes, plus words like "weather," "forecast" or maybe "temperature" -- into the Google search box, and Google typically has an answer back to us in less than a second. But have you noticed that our weather-related searches can be more complex now than ever? It's true. In recent years, Google has gone from focusing on the keywords we use to figuring out the meaning of our search que [...]


The Brave New World of SEO: Beyond Websites

changes-ahead-exit-sign We hear it regularly -- the death knell tolling for SEO. In the past several years, we've been bombarded by a barrage of change in organic search, from Penguin to Panda to Hummingbird, from inbound link penalties to [not provided]. Let's face it: the only constant in search is change. But I propose that SEO isn't dead by far. In fact, the role of SEOs is expanding rapidly, and the reality is that we now have to look beyond just the company website. Let's review some of the ways search has changed in 2013 and take a look at how those changes have impacted the role of search marketers. Mobi [...]


Google Scientist: We Want To Be Able To Respond To A Query Like “Book Me A Trip To Washington, DC”

google-data-knowledge-brain-featured Will the day come that Google can successfully respond when you tell it something like, "Book me a trip to Washington, DC" -- walking you through all the queries and answers needed to complete such a complex request? Will the day come when we're using devices that only offer voice-based search? Will the day come when visual search happens continuously via the camera on Google Glass? Those are some of the search-based challenges that Google is working on, and they're discussed in a recent interview that offers a peek at what Google thinks search will be like in the next decade. Or mayb [...]


Google Voice Search Coming To iOS, Chrome For Android Gets An Update

Google released a couple of new UI features with the latest Chrome update for Android yesterday and announced that voice search will be coming to Chrome for iOS "soon". Android Updates With the Android update, the long search URL box is gone and search queries in Chrome display in the omnibox. And now, while browsing, webpages show in full screen; the top toolbar disappears when you scroll down to give more real estate to the webpage itself. Scroll back up to the top of the page, and the toolbar will reappear. Voice Search Coming To Chrome iOS Voice search made a big splash at Googl [...]


Google’s Impressive “Conversational Search” Goes Live On Chrome

google-conversational-search-featured The "conversational search" that Google demonstrated at last week's Google I/O conference is now available to users of its Chrome browser, and it's a significant leap in how we use search engines. I'm 17 years now into writing about search, and I've seen all types of things that have promised to revolutionize the space, especially products that trot out words like "natural language" and "semantic search" but fail to deliver. Conversational search has natural language, semantic search and more built into it, and while it's far from perfect, this really is one of those significant change [...]


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