The future of search

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The folks at Google Labs pulled out all the stops to show off some of the Really Advanced Search capabilities that we can look forward to in coming months…


  1. michael said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    At first I feared this was just another step to the inevitable domination by machines. Then I realised it's far worse: They are trying to trick us into not worrying!

  2. Alacritas said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Wow, that search function is so advanced it goes back through time and changes the word advanced to its original form, avanced!

  3. Richard said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    They can't make an april fool out of me.

    I know they're really doing this.

  4. mike said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Waiting for Geoffrey Pullum to comment on the ability to filter results by "embarrassing grammatical faux pas: excessive passive voice"…

  5. Stuart said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    My favourite bit was the Douglas Adams tribute: "words, almost, but not quite, entirely unlike" – into which box I, of course, had to enter "tea".

  6. really advanced search « lexikographieblog said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    […] Ungefähr so wie in der neuen Really Advanced Search von Google stelle ich mir auch die besten und neuesten Suchfunktionen in Internetwörterbüchern vor. [Mit Dank ans Language Log.] […]

  7. Faldone said,

    April 1, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    I've been waiting, it seems like, forever for a search algorithm that uses Mersenne primes.

  8. D.O. said,

    April 2, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    I immediately went to look how Google's main page looks today, but alas, it's already 2 April on East Coast.

  9. Theo Vosse said,

    April 2, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    @Stuart: My thoughts. I was therefore slightly disappointed to find out that entering "tea" in that box doesn't influence the results.

  10. Glenn Bingham said,

    April 4, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Sunday, my eight-year-old grandson proclaimed, "You April fooled me!" After a brief contemplative moment he asked, "Is that correct, Pop-Pop? Or is it 'You April fool'sed me'?"

    My best student…

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