TheMadScientist - 11:18 pm on Jan 6, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheMadScientist at 11:47 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]
What is the best car?
How about 10 results from the highest bidders with cars in the price range you can afford? Would you be disappointed?
I'm tellin you [meaning anyone reading], they have really 'thought this thing through' to be 'giving up as a search engine', because to be moving to a 'knowledge engine' or 'answer machine' after the thought and thoroughness it takes to provide the results they do says to me they've got this thing 'figured out' way better than it's likely for us to think they do.
Please, I'm beggin you, do not underestimate them or think for a minute they've 'missed the boat' ... The results they generate today aren't by accident and moving beyond those, they are WAY ahead of where most people think they are or could be, in my opinion.
If the 'one right answer' for someone is 10 different results for a query, then that's likely what they will see, but how those results are generated and the sites shown (and which bidders on adds show for a specific searcher?) are the 'most targeted' to the person they're tailoring the results for will likely vary widely from user to user.
Where they're going is not a joke and I'm sure they didn't 'move beyond' being a search engine lightly or casually ... To make that type of move at a multi-billion $$$ corporation is not some 'whim' or 'silliness' someone dreamed up ... It's well thought through and well planned from the start...
IOW: They already KNOW they can do it and they've already figured out how, likely well before it was announced.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 11:47 pm (utc) on Jan 6, 2013]