About That Google Question Answering: Books, Scholar, and Open Source at Its Talon Tips

April 17, 2018

Googzilla prides itself on consuming search queries. Answering those questions? That’s a matter for discussion. Note that here in Harrod’s Creek we understand that if Google does not point to an entity, Web site, or factoid—that entity, Web site, or factoid does not exist. Who knew that those in Harrod’s Creek were into epistemology?

However, Pagal Parrot found “10 Questions Even Google Can’t Answer.” Let us talk a look at the write up’s exemplary 10 questions:

“1. Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

2. Why are boxing rings square?

3.What is Satan’s last name?

4. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?

5. Why is Google not the most translated website?

6. Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough?

7. Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up, like, every two hours?

8. Why do Baidu lead Google in China?

9. Do Atheist also swear by the Bible /Quran when they go to court?

10. Why do people get angry each time another passenger sits beside them in a seat?”

These questions also beg another question: Do people spend time trying to dumbfound Google? It appears that the answer is, “Folks do try to bedevil the GOOG.”

The article is mostly for giggles, but there are definitely more than 10 questions Google cannot answer. Here is one: When will Google answer questions with precision and recall balanced for relevance and “accuracy”? Would advertisers respond to the functionality?

Whitney Grace, April 17, 2018

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