Aspirational technology, the future of search, and dinner with a stranger

Posted on February 26, 2010. Filed under: reflection, Technology | Tags: , |

This was a really great pod cast.  It was interesting because it was recorded right before Christmas, so they had a lot of chat about presents and techno-gadget gifts.  The part of the presentation that stuck out the most for me was when they talked about the future of search.  Basically our web based searches are changing, and they are getting more personal.  For example, a website called http://www.measy.com is made for searching for the exact gift or purchase you are looking for.  If you want to buy a digital camera, you go on this website and fill out a questionnaire having to do with the things you want in a camera, and by the end, it does the personalized search and gives you the answers.  This method is supposed to be faster then searching online and having to sort through the limitless options that would appear.

Another type of search that they talked about was the ongoing personal search.  The speakers were saying that eventually when the search engines start gathering enough information about you, it will know what kind of websites or stores to bring up when you search.  With the new portable online technology available these days, the presenters were saying that you can be standing on a corner, your smart phone will know what items are on your family’s shopping list, and it will tell you that there is a store around the corner carrying the scarf your mom wants for Christmas.  But it will also know the amount of money you have in your online bank account and it can give you another cheaper option that may be around the other corner.

The future of search blew me away! I mean I guess I knew that this was an option, because if you think about it, of course we have lists in our phones, GPS accessibility, access to online bank accounts, and it’s possible to “share” our shopping lists with other members of the family, but WOW.  I never thought to put it all together and have your own little personal shopping attendant.  This kind of technology is really intriguing.  It might be pushing the borders of a person’s privacy a little bit- but I guess people don’t have to use it if they don’t want.  Do you think it’s too invasive?

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