Where Google (and others) Still Fail
A couple of years ago I was looking for information on the AND circuit. Trying to find information on the AND circuit in Google is quite challenging,
Type “AND circuit” sans quotes into Google’s query box and you will get a message telling you that the “AND” operator is unnecessary. In this particular case, it’s very necessary and it’s not an operator.
Try adding some quotes and a natural phrase, let’s try “invented the AND circuit“. The result? The one result? The forum post I linked to in the first paragraph. That post is about two years old.
This is a perfect example of where current algos fall short. Yes I know it’s one example, and what I’m searching for includes a word that Google determines is an operator. But what about word dependencies? Word order? Why can’t Google’s algo determine that if “invented, the, AND and circuit” appear in that order, that what is wanted is information about AND circuits?
Let’s try another search. “tesla AND circuit”. Even worse. No results returned, and it’s hard to imagine that “tesla, AND and circuit” don’t appear in any indexed documents.
So with all the talk about determining meaning from context, it’s pretty apparent that those much vaunted algos aren’t as sophisticated as some would have you believe.