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#1 Hum

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 22:52

AUSTIN, Texas - In the future, the experience of searching the web is going to be like something out of "Star Trek." Or at least, that's what Google's vision is.

"The destiny of search is to become that 'Star Trek' computer and that's what we are building," Google's Search Head Amit Singhal said at SXSW Interactive this morning. Singhal shared that computers will know what people want and users won't have to type their queries into a small box on a clean white page.

"You can walk up to a computer and say, hey, computer," Singhal explained.

Of course, that is dependent on other technologies, including improved voice control, touch and sensory tech, he said. Singhal told ABC News something similar a few months ago.

Google's already started showing that sort of capability with its Glass. One of the main ways of controlling the glasses, which project digital information over your eyes, is through voice.

"OK, Glass. Google Jellyfish," a woman says to her glasses in a teaser video released last month. The results appear right in front of her eyes.

On Saturday, Google showed off what it calls "Talking Sneakers," shoes the company says will motivate you to move more. While Google says they won't be bringing them to market, the shoes pair with a phone and out of the speaker in the top of the shoe they speak to you.

"These are some of the best times in search," Singhal said. "All the technology is coming together: speak recognition, knowledge graph, natural language understanding - there are new devices coming out, so when you marry all this, tomorrow is looking bright."

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 22:53

I guess its Star Wars for Bing then

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 23:08

In the future, the experience of searching the web is going to be like something out of "Star Trek." Or at least, that's what Google's vision is.

"The destiny of search is to become that 'Star Trek' computer and that's what we are building," Google's Search Head Amit Singhal said at SXSW Interactive this morning. Singhal shared that computers will know what people want and users won't have to type their queries into a small box on a clean white page.

"You can walk up to a computer and say, hey, computer," Singhal explained.


I don't know... This guy has made some pretty incredulous and far out predictions before this one.

I've heard that in 1998 he proclaimed, "Computers will one day be very small, and very fast". And, just a few months ago he was saying something like, "Renewable resources are the future of energy production".

Seems pretty outlandish to me.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 23:11

I for one would not enjoy having to talk to a computer.

Many times I just want quiet.

Your close-by neighbors may hear everything you are doing -- and vice-versa.

And what if you have a sore throat ...

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 23:25

I for one would not enjoy having to talk to a computer.

Many times I just want quiet.

Your close-by neighbors may here everything you are doing -- and vice-versa.

And what if you have a sore throat ...


Privacy is a good point, as well as not having an office full of people talking to their computers. It would sound like the stock exchange floor.

I always cringe when someone is dictating a letter to the computer on Star Trek. I write very differently from how I speak, and like the differences. Dictation is out for me.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 23:34

Sounds like more pointless over engineering for the sake of it to me.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 00:02

I hope we get there soon.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 00:13

Beam me up

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 00:23

In the future, the experience of searching the web is going to be like something out of "Star Trek."

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 00:27

Sounds like more pointless over engineering for the sake of it to me.


this is probably where the artificial intelligence part comes into play

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:37

i'm still looking for search by image though,
i just doodle something using MS paint, and ask web-search to look for similar items.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:02

Come on, haters, its not like google is going to confiscate your keyboards... this will simply be an extra option, that many may CHOOSE to use. More choices is good, right? Even if YOU dont like it, perhaps others might (like my Nana, who cant see super well, being able to speak to her computer would be great for her.)

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:05

In the future, the experience of searching the web is going to be like something out of "Star Trek."



LOL.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:14

Worthless for deaf people. No thanks.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:49

Worthless for deaf people. No thanks.


Useful for blind people, yes please