When we look ahead, the one thing we can safely predict is the rate of innovation happening in the 21st century will only get faster. Over the past 10 years, we have seen the rise of a strong online economy, bloody revolutions tweeted globally and the compression of information into tiny amounts of physical space.
Thanks to those changes, the cell phone changed its form factor and capabilities, and real-time updates from cell phones have become a signpost to the future. Oddly enough, in the same 10 years our concept of search remained a simple text box and 10 blue links. That is, until recently, when an upstart contender started shaking the trees to challenge the way people think about “search.”
Here at Bing we don’t claim to have all the answers – but we know that together we can dream up something big and different. To that end, we have teamed with the folks at O’Reilly Radar to create a series called “The Future of Search.” Their editors will be curating multiple themes including social search, natural language, and “ the web of things” that explore what the industry sees now, and where it might be headed.
(Intro video taken from O'Reilly site :-) )
We invite you to think beyond the search box and be a part of the conversation.
Here’s how it works: every 3-4 weeks, the channel will feature a theme and a variety of videos, writings, and discussions on that theme so as to elevate the search discussion beyond market share, the feature of the week, or dwelling on past trends. Our first topic - Welcome to the party: Social’s potential and limitations on information retrieval and usage – will show off the intellectual horsepower that spoke at the Farsight conference including Esther Dyson, Rich Skrenta of Blekko and Dr. Chris Ahlberg. The series will also feature big brains from our own Microsoft Research like Principal Researcher Susan Dumais and on-the-ground engineers like Bing’s Sean Suchter whose team works to ensure Bing takes social data into account and integrates it in a meaningful way.
Check out the site and join the conversation: http://radar.oreilly.com/future-of-search/
Senior Program Manager, Bing