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    Bing director Stefan Weitz predicts search will disappear in the next few years

    Bing director Stefan Weitz, who is shaping Microsoft's search engine as it goes head to head with Google's, predicts search will disappear in the next few years.
    Search engines will not cease to exist, but their tasks will become less and less visible and more and more intuitive, Weitz said.
    "The future of search is that it won't be search anymore," Weitz explained during an interview with HuffPostTech. "The future of search is that the box you've come to know and love...won't be the constraining factor. Literally everywhere you go, every device you have, everything you touch will conduct a search, whether you know it or not."
    Weitz argued that within ten years, the search box will be "as antiquated as a rotary dial phone," while search will be the "invisible agent."
    He described a future two to three years away in which a user could wear glasses equipped with vision recognition technology that display the profile of any person the user comes into contact with, calling up their conversation history and other personal--but private--information.
    "Search will become more implicit and more contextual," Weitz said. "It will be happening all the time on your behalf...There is this ability for us to...stop thinking about the web as a collection of pages, which is how it was designed initially, and think about the web more as a representation of the physical world in a digital format. "
    Bing Director Stefan Weitz On The Future Of Search (VIDEO)

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    well, the concept of how information is requested and received is always changing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziz View Post
    well, the concept of how information is requested and received is always changing
    This quote scared me:
    He described a future two to three years away in which a user could wear glasses equipped with vision recognition technology that display the profile of any person the user comes into contact with.
    and this too:
    Google’s Photo Face Recognition is Wow Marketing
    Google's Photo Face Recognition is Wow Marketing - NYTimes.com
    Perhaps it is just me, but it just shows that we are toward an perpetual surveillance society.
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    it does sound scary, how would such a technology even work? planting profile chips in each person? DNA Scan?

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    it does sound scary, how would such a technology even work? planting profile chips in each person? DNA Scan?
    Probably a combination of RFID chips, facial recognition, govt control or full access to all of Google / Facebook records and maintaining a massive database that connects it all together, accessible to anyone who has the password, which would probably be either '12345' or 'password'.

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    Singularity is near.

    Seriously though, it doesn't necessarily have to be as scary as it sounds. The more sophisticated and intelligent information technology is the more dependent it is on constant access to ALL information in the world. This obviously reduces barriers between that which is private and that which is public. I mean, even today there's no way to search for something without connecting to a particular web site, and as long as you have to connect you open the doors to being tracked. So you can go all anti-technology and anti-progress, disconnect from the internet, or recognize the inevitable, and try to find ways to ensure privacy and security are preserved.

    I think what he's talking about is just a glorified search engine app of some kind. All of the basic elements for this are already here, and it doesn't necessarily need DNA scans or RFID chips. Most of what is needed is already in a smartphone. GPS provides positioning information, cameras can do face and objects scanning, and facial, voice, object and letter recognition built into the software itself can do the queries and display the information.

    There's also Watson, recently demonstrated at The Jeopardy show, which will be making its way into the mainstream within this decade (according to IBM). This means that search engines will understand a lot more of natural language so you'll actually be able to talk to them almost as you would with a person, except this "person" has a brain the size of the entire internet and literally knows everything. :P

    What this means for web masters. Man, what a hairy issue! For one thing, in such a paradigm web sites matter a lot less. What matters is the information they feed to the engines, and various "apps". This is why it probably helps to try to think of how would we do what we do if the "website" concept ceased to matter. This is part of why I like the idea of building online experiences, something that is uniquely yours so that people don't care just about the information you offer, since that's now a free commodity (which can be blamed in big part on webmasters themselves), but about who you are and the culture you contribute.

    Of course, web sites are probably here to stay. It's just that their overall importance will be diminished, their use will make sense in niche situations.

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