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June 4th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Let Your Voice Do The Typing with Google Conversational Search

First there was search. Really, can you even remember where we got our info before search engines? How incredibly useful to be able to just type in anything and get links to all the information related to that topic you could want (or not).

Then came the ability to speak to your computer and enter your search topic verbally. Just click on the handy dandy microphone icon in the search box and ask away. Depending on the specific question, the Google lady will answer you. How handy is that?

Now, Google has taken verbal search one step further with Conversational Search in their Chrome browser. Ask a question, like “What’s the temperature in Miami?” The Google lady will answer, “It’s 80 degrees in Miami right now.” But if you wanted a little more info about Miami right now, you could phrase the next question “is it raining there?”

With conversational search, the response will be “ Yes (or No) it is (not) raining in Miami right now”. Notice the second question did not mention Miami, but since the original question was about Miami, the search engine will relate the raining “there” to the prior question and continue giving you information about Miami. Sort of like how humans can carry on a conversation. Your computer just got a little more human!

I’ve tried this out and had mixed results. Sometimes it works great and my jaw drops a little. Other times the connection is lost between the first and second question. But you and I both know that Google software geeks are hard at work making this concept a reality.

When they do get it right, there’s going to be a lot more talking than typing going on between us and our computers. Yeah, it’s a little scary, but imagine having all that search capability not just at your fingertips, but just by asking.

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