Google, Click Killer Linguist

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Similar to how googling for “jazz albums 1965” returns a stripe of album covers – along with similar queries for books, movies, or video games – the simple “minute” search query reveals how Google is now going full Wolfram Alpha on us (save for the part where no one uses it):

That pretty much settles it, no need to scroll down let alone click through to other sites. Depending on your query, translation and conjugation are similarly surfaced up pretty aggressively.

Google introduced the define: operator a long time ago, but “normal people” just don’t use that kind of explicit, programming-like syntax. It took a while to actually work, but the “answer engine” is starting to coalesce. See also my earlier notes on Google AI/Maps/Auto.

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