If you think that Google is smart right now, just imagine how intelligent it will become once the company’s head of AI, John Giannandrea, takes over search responsibilities. On wednesday, Google announced that the current head of search, Amit Singhal, is retiring at the end of February, and that Giannandrea is to replace him. This move not only shows how important AI is to Google, but also how much search is about to change for all of us.
Google Wants Its Search to Predict Exactly What You Need
The well-known search giant isn’t all that new to all things smart, so it’s no wonder that the company wishes to include artificial intelligence into its future projects. A lot of people believe that AI will be the key to some of the biggest technology breakthroughs in the future, and Google seems to be completely aware of this – hence putting Giannandrea in charge.
“Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day,” said Singhal in a post on Google+.
It’s obvious that Google is trying to move from the standard query-box-plus-keyboard search and create an assistant that will help us in our daily tasks by predicting what we require, in a variety of situations. It will allow us to use other input methods, such as our voices, in our search and help us find whatever we need, regardless of the “device” we’re using: a Chromecast, a Google car, etc.
So, what you can definitely expect is for Google’s search to become more futuristic-like once Giannandrea fills in Singhal’s position. Although they operated in different areas, both men have one thing in common: Star Trek. Giannandrea’s inspiration over the years has been the super-smart computer from the Starship Enterprise, while Singhal and his staff built a prototype communicator badge Captain Picard used in the series. Now, we don’t know about you, but we believe this will definitely bring us closer to science fiction than ever.