Google Now and predictive interfaces

In a prior post, Proactive User Interface, I was following up on prior thoughts I’ve had on digital assistants. Like with this other post: Synergistic Social Agent Network Cloud, or A Fuzzy Logic Controller Using Fuzzy Feedback.

Now I’ve just tried Google Now. (This current blog post was written a while back) Wow, I had that idea. I called “cards” Proposals. But, I think my concept is more advanced. In fact, without more advanced Artificial Intelligence advances, a true Assistant is not possible. This concept, of course, is not new. Shows up very early in Science Fiction literature.


Is Google creating an alternative to RSS?

Google dropped Reader, and someone reported that “Google Alerts” RSS feed is not working. Maybe Google is working on replacing the RSS or Atom web feed technology so that it would work more in line with Google+, and like Facebook, create a “walled garden.”

We know Google does some great work correcting or improving existing approaches, for example, ‘Protocol Buffers‘. Syndicated feeds are ubiquitous if lately on the downswing, perhaps time for fresh thinking on the approach. Certainly modern web technology has much more powerful stuff like XMLLHttpRequest, Server-Sent Events, WebSocket, and WebRTC.

Further reading

Microsoft Offers Reward for any successful Bing search!

It must mean something that to find something on Microsoft’s own sites, you have to use Google. Even within Microsoft Office apps, searching for something is like embarking on a mythical quest for some holy foo.

Come on Microsoft, you supposedly hired the best, but we’re getting the worst. If within Office Word I open the Help window and search for “remove horizontal line”, relevant hits should show up, and they should only be related to Word. In fact, if I put quotes around it, nothing is found. No, I won’t check my spelling, didn’t those PHD,s put some algorithm to account for spelling?

Let me try the same search on Google, boom, 0.27 seconds later, 35,700 results.

What I’d like to see in the Wall Street Journal one day, ratings for:

Suckiness Evilness Richness
Microsoft ? ? ?
Google ? ? ?
Apple ? ? ?

By the way, this is all in jest and constructive feedback. Just in case I apply for a job at Microsoft. Do you hire average intelligence but a lot of creativity and good looks? If you don’t, maybe that’s the problem.