RankBrain is the new AI system Google uses to answer ambiguous questions

By Shawn Knight
Oct 26, 2015
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  1. The algorithms that power Google queries are incredibly complex and fluid, changing as the company sees fit in order to improve the speed and accuracy of returned results.

    The Mountain View-based company relies on hundreds of “signals” to help determine what results to surface – and in what order. Remaining at the forefront of search is crucial to Google’s core and in order to do so, tweaking and developing new technologies to power search is mandatory.

    Greg Corrado, one of Google’s senior research scientists, recently revealed to Bloomberg that for the past few months, a very large fraction of Google searches have been handled by an artificial intelligence system called RankBrain.

    Corrado noted that 15 percent of the searches that Google fields each day are ones that it has never seen before. An example of an ambiguous query would be something like, “What’s the title of the consumer at the highest level of the food chain?”

    Rather than try to rely on traditional signals to interpret such queries, RankBrain takes the written language and converts it into mathematical entities known as vectors. From there, it can make a guess at other words or phrases that might have a similar meaning and thus, return more accurate results.

    Google has been working with artificial intelligence for half a decade now; RankBrain itself has taken five engineers a full year to develop. The effort has certainly been worth it, however, as RankBrain has become the third-most important signal when returning a query. That was surprising, Corrado said, noting that it has gone better than they expected.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    They could've names the algorithm something else. When it stuff up, and it will, it could be called RankStupidity.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,375   +2,165

    The real test of this technology will be whether it can track down exactly the porn you're looking for.
  4. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 140   +21

    I've been putting it to the test and it doesn't always return what I am looking for.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,377

    You mean you ask for a classics and it returns a fetish?
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    These are not the porns you are looking for! This AI system has been doing Jedi tricks on you.

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