A report in New Scientist describes for the first time Google’s algorithm-driven effort to understand the world, Knowledge Vault.
Google has pushed out an update to Movies & TV and Sound Search. Google’s Knowledge Graph has expanded to Movies & TV and Sound Search will find songs played in a movie.
Google has added new languages to its list of Knowledge Graph optimized search results that include French, Japanese, Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, or Portuguese. The users who perform searches in these languages will get localized search results in their respective languages filled with information from Google’s Knowledge Graph.
When struck by illness, we’ve all been guilty of playing doctor by relying on information that’s available online to self-diagnose. Google, being the all-knowing search meister, gets enough queries on medicines and medications that it’s now introducing a quicker and easier way to learn the A-Z of your favorite pharmaceutical drugs.
One of the highlights of Jelly Bean is the Google Now feature, that voice-friendly personal assistant that can offer personalized search results and better help with certain day-to-day activities that rely more or less on performing the same online searches.
Google is taking the success of Google Now and expanding it to their mobile search site with Google Now cards-like answers, powered by Knowledge Graph. Take a look at the type of cards they are making available for mobile search site on smartphones and tablets.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen many arguments that Google needs to become more “social” if it doesn’t want to be somehow made irrelevant by Facebook. But while the social signal can be an interesting and perhaps sometimes useful tip for Google’s search algorithm, I think it should never represent more than a small single digit percentage it its algorithm. People don’t always want to see what their friends thought the best answer is, because in most cases those “friends” may not even be that close to you and are just some people you added to your online social…