waynne - 1:17 pm on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
An example offered by the Google team is actually worth analyzing further.
The search query is "How tall is the Eiffel tower?" The answer given is technically wrong.
Firstly does it include the mast? The towers height also varies in summer and winter. A good website would cover these facts but Google give a simplistic scraped answer with no explanation of how they arrived at the given figure.
Information taken from websites is now provided without any reference to the websites they were taken from so can't be verified or researched further.
As voice search takes over Google will I'm sure just provide their own responses to questions SIRI style. For the end user I'm sure this is all fantastic stuff but as a webmaster who wrote material and who is seeing a drastic drop in traffic and revenue I just despair. I've not added fresh content to my sites in quite a while because it's not economically viable to do so! What will Google do when no-one is left writing material for them to scrape to get these answers?
Google will be the internet in a few years time if Hummingbird is anything to go by.