This year, Google will introduce 550 or so improvements to its fabled PageRank algorithm.
But there were obstacles. Google’s synonym system understood that a dog was similar to a puppy and that boiling water was hot. But it also concluded that a hot dog was the same as a boiling puppy.
Jason Kottke‘s snippet of a conversation that Google might have with itself:
A rock is a rock. It’s also a stone, and it could be a boulder. Spell it ‘rokc’ and it’s still a rock. But put ‘little’ in front of it and it’s the capital of Arkansas. Which is not an ark. Unless Noah is around.