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By: Udayan Banerjee
Jun. 10, 2011 04:05 AM
Try searching for “The capital of Oman”. What do you expect to see? Couple of sponsored link followed by ten resultant pages – right?
Wrong. You will see the following.
When did Google introduce this feature? It was done quietly. There is a news item on 23rd March, 2011 in Realwebseo talking about this feature.
When did IBM Watson win Jeopardy! – 16 February, 2011.
Do you see the connection?
In the post How intelligent are the Computers of 2011 I had asked the question “Why has Google not attempted something like this?” Now we know that the option (2) to be right answer.
This feature is still at its infancy. For example (as on 11th June, 2011) if you type in “what is the capital of India” you get the right answer. However, if you search for “The Capital of India is” you don’t get the best guess.
On the other hand if you search for “The Capital of Canada is”, you still get the correct best guess.
Here are some more results of my fiddling with this feature:
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