Star Trek. One of the best movie series of all times. The generation before me has seen it, and enjoyed it. My generation has seen it, and enjoyed it. My next generation is also enjoying it. The series is just not going anywhere anytime soon, it is not going to be forgotten. For people in the technology world, people who are usually referred to as geeks or nerds (me included), the Star Trek series of movies can be an inspiration for a lot of ideas. One very major idea is the computer that talks, the computer with which captain Kirk talks.
Google is one of the companies which does very crazy stuffs using technology. The company comes out with some really interesting ideas and products and services that you would not have thought about. It is also said that the search engine giant has the most geeky and nerdy employees in the technology world. These guys will have their minds on the run like always.
The company’s number one and the core service is the search engine. A couple of years back, the company first introduced the voice search so that you can search the Google search engine using just your voice. Nobody would have thought that the company was trying to make a Star Trek computer. But it turns out, the company is trying and working hard on making the Google search engine a Star Trek computer. Planet Cyber writes:
“The Star Trek computer is not just a metaphor that we use to explain to others what we’re building,” Amit Singhal, who heads Google’s search rankings team, told me. “It is the ideal that we’re aiming to build—the ideal version done realistically.” He added that the search team does refer to Star Trek internally when they’re discussing how to improve the search engine. “It comSinghales up often,” Singhal said. “For instance, we might say, ‘Captain Kirk never pulled out a keyboard to ask a question.’ So in that way it becomes one of the design principles—we see that because the Star Trek computer actively relies on speech, if we want to do that we need to work to push the barrier of speech recognition and machine understanding.”
Source: Planet Cyber