Driving to work the other morning the tall buildings had their tops in the clouds. Ah, clouds, it got me to thinking about Google's purchase of Metaweb .
Seattle... "Is your head in the cloud? Are your feet on the ground?"
Metaweb invented Freebase, a massive semantic database using what it calls "entities" that improve search by distinguishing between terms that can mean several different things. In essence (and for the lack of a better term) Web 3.0 will turn the internet into a giant searchable database and our browsers into personal search assistants.
Instead of making separate searches and sifting through the results, we'll type in a few sentences about what we're looking for and what we want to do and the browser will analyze and search for relevant answers and organize it into a scenario. For all practical purposes, we'll be having a conversation with our browser.
"I'm looking for a used compact car under $8,000 with less than 120,000 miles on it and after that I want to go to lunch, no fast food, either Mexican or Pho. Then I need to stop by a hardware store to pick up some potting soil for my deck plants.
The browser will do the search for you knowing your location, likes and dislikes, find and analyze what it thinks are the best results based on your history of likes and dislikes, distance, time of day, price, and proximity to each location for you, then present a few scenarios for you to chose from and/or respond to that you can tweak. This will be a big departure from our current search methods and habits online.
I'm excited and will be really interested to follow, yet I admit, there's a little voice in my head that's concerned. "Is my browser going to be way smarter than me?"
How about you?
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