Search: what NFL games are on TV tomorrow?

An example of the challenge in current search vs natural language processing:

What football games are on tomorrow?

I want to know: NFL vs soccer; TV schedule and channels; tomorrow is 10/30/2011; I am in PDT and would like to know TV listings in my local time; sorting by favorite team and/or team nearest to my current location.

Tested on G and bing. Bing result included a Yahoo answers result in top 5 that had the right answer, but: I just wanted the answer, not a list of search results; the ‘answer’ was crowdsourced/turked; the resulting web page will be out of date for the ‘tomorrow’ question in < 12 hrs.

Could Siri do this? Can IBM'd Watson do it.

What if this is possible via a new answer engine? What happens to billions of value in b-models that are search and search-results dependent?

The Tablet Revolution | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

A very long report I should really read this week. Here’s why I’m probably not going to read the whole thing: It’s chopped into multiple pages to make it more manageable, but there isn’t a single-page view. The printer-friendly version just changes the styles of the current page, it doesn’t allow you to print the whole thing.

I wouldn’t print it anyway, I’d take the singe page view and add it to Instapaper where I could read it while commuting and such. There is a PDF of the full report, but the future of news isn’t just high-dpi big slates of glass (or paper).

Still fighting the page metaphor of information display.


The Tablet Revolution | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ).