I am writing this blog article in response to the mention of hakia in the NYTimes blog article written by Saul Hansell, who is praising Google’s technology in wake of Google’s declining profits and 12% drop in its share price.
Mr. Saul Hansell and I had an exciting conversation about the future of Web search. In comparison to Google, our point was, and always is, that semantic search is not an option, rather it is an irreversable technological reform which is already taking place in multiple dimensions. Mr. Hansell reassured us that Google already has these capabilities in various forms.
If Google had semantic technology, how can anyone explain the inadequacies encountered with the following queries (in comparison to hakia)?
If Google had semantic technology, why don’t we see categorical results showing all the aspects of a short query?
If Google had semantic technology, it would be able to rank credible sources on top to important queries like this:
Google results, from top to bottom, come from 1- NYTimes (Art Section), 2- NYTimes (Art Section), 3- Revolutionhealth.com (commercial outfit), 4- medscape.com (commercial outfit)… hakia results, in the same order, come from 1- Philedelphia Chronicle (news), 2- Kidshealth.org (recommended by Medical Libraries Association), 3- Mayoclinic.com (recommended by Medical Libraries Association), 4- who.int (World Health Organization), 5- Wikipedia,…
If Google had semantic technology, it would not bring a result like:
The “Weinple bill, authorizing- the appointment of street car’ employes to be special policemen during strikes was killed. In the Senate there was debate on..
to the query:
We have no idea how Google’s algorithm works, and it does a great job in so many ways. But, one thing is clear. The results show no sign of systematic performance to understand the meaning of concepts. They don’t show ranking based on quality. They don’t show aspect categorization beyond statistical clustering. They don’t show question type detection.
My conversation with Mr. Hansell reflected our experience with Google, which I outlined a simplified version above.
The small differences in search ability shown here may naturally mount to larger differences in the future as hakia’s semantic technology advances step-by-step. What does this mean to the search business is yet to be seen. But one thing is for sure, you cannot do a patch job to create semantic technology out of a system that indexes keywords and augments it with statistics. Semantic technology has to be built from scratch with the first principles.