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Google says it is struggling to 'understand truth' because people are confusing its search algorithm

The Independent

Google has admitted it is having trouble working out what's true and what's false. People are managing to confuse the company's search algorithm, says Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet. As a result, it's struggling to rank search results correctly, in order of accuracy. "Let's say that this group believes Fact A and this group believes Fact B, and you passionately disagree with each other and you are all publishing and writing about it and so forth and so on," Mr Schmidt said at the Halifax International Security Forum last weekend, reports CNBC. "It is very difficult for us to understand truth.


Google's search algorithm struggles to rank information

Daily Mail

With millions of views published online every day, it can be difficult for Google to rank information correctly within its search engine. Speaking this week, Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google's parent firm, Alphabet, explained that it is'very difficult' for the search algorithm to weed out the truth in a sea of opposing articles. Thankfully, Schmidt believes the problem should be easy to address by tweaking the algorithm. Speaking this week, Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google's parent firm, Alphabet, explained that it is'very difficult' for the search algorithm to weed out the truth in a sea of opposing articles Inaccurate results are often down to "Google bombing" used by groups to be ranked highly. These include linking to a fake news site from several other sources and hiding text on a page that is invisible to humans but visible to the search engine's algorithms.



What Tech Can Learn from the Fruit Fly's Search Algorithm - Facts So Romantic

Nautilus

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Verse 7:7 from the Gospel of Matthew is generally considered to be a comment on prayer, but it could just as well be about the power of search. Search has become one of the key technologies of the information age, powering industry behemoths and helping us with our daily chores. But that's not where it ends. Scientists are starting to understand that search powers much of the natural world, too.


Five Local Search Myths About Managing Your Local Data

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There are lots of different ways to manage your local listings. No matter which way you choose to do it, you're paying someone for their service -- same as you would, say, with your cable company. When you stop paying your cable company, you no longer receive their service. It's the same for listings services. When you stop paying them, they stop doing the work.


Rubik s Cube records broken in 4.59 seconds

Daily Mail

A 23-year-old'professional speedcuber' has set a new world record by completing a Rubik's Cube in just 4.59 seconds. Korean SeungBeom Cho solved the 3D puzzle in his first round at the World Cube Association's ChicaGhosts 2017 event in Chicago, smashing his previous personal best of 6.54 seconds. Footage of Mr Cho's attempt shows him given just a few seconds to examine the cube before starting, completing it just moments later. A series of UK records have been broken by quick-fingered Rubik's Cube solvers at the UK championships held in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on Sunday. Competitors as young as seven tackled the notoriously tricky cubes one-handed, blindfolded and even with their feet in a bid to become the top gamers of the weekend.


This video of a kid solving a Rubik's Cube in 4.5 seconds will give you the purest joy

Mashable

Most of us will go through life mildly pondering a Rubik's Cube every now and then, but a professional speedcuber can solve one in seconds – a record speed of 4.59 seconds, to be exact. In a new video, Korean speedcuber SeungBeom Cho solves a cube so fast that most of the people around him don't even realize what happened. Indeed, their realization takes longer than it took him to solve the cube, but the room erupts with congratulations, applause, and paparazzi-level enthusiasm for Cho's accomplishment. SEE ALSO: Can you learn to solve a Rubik's Cube in just 24 hours? Cho broke the record using a specific technique (it's posted in the video description but unintelligible if you're not a skilled speedcuber).


Google auto-detects your whereabouts to get local search results

Engadget

The country codes in Google's top-level domain names don't mean anything anymore. The tech titan has moved away from relying on country-specific domains to serve up localized results on mobile web, the Google app for iOS, as well as Search and Maps for desktop. Now, your location dictates the kind of results you'll get -- you could go to google.com.au, for instance, but if you're in New Zealand, you'll still get search results tailored for your current whereabouts. You'll know the location Google recognizes by looking at the lower left-hand corner of the page, as you can see above. Google will automatically detect if you go to another country and serve you results for your new location.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) application to utilize search cues in combinatorial optimization – Xiao-Feng Xie, Ph.D.

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This is a method using AI techniques to solve a case of pure mathematics applications for finding narrow admissible tuples. The original problem is formulated into a combinatorial optimization problem. In particular, we show how to exploit the local search structure to formulate the problem landscape for dramatic reductions in search space and for non-trivial elimination in search barriers, and then to realize intelligent search strategies for effectively escaping from local minima. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method is able to efficiently find best known solutions.


A brief history of Google's most important local search updates

@machinelearnbot

Deciphering the Google algorithm can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility. The search engine giant has made many changes over the years, keeping digital marketers on their toes and continually moving the goalposts on SEO best practices. Google's continuous updating can hit local businesses as hard as anyone. Every tweak and modification to its algorithm could adversely impact their search ranking or even prevent them from appearing on the first page of search results for targeted queries. What makes things really tricky is the fact that Google sometimes does not telegraph the changes it makes or how they'll impact organizations.