Friday, December 17, 2004

Yahoo Introduces New Video Search Site

Today, alongside a re-vamped front page, search engine Yahoo! has added two new features on its website.Yahoo is launching a video search (beta) tool to compliment its other search options. In a similar layout to Google Images, the tool allows you to search through online movies (example) and offers a screen caption of video results. Yahoo has also announced that they will be adding traffic information to their existing map service for US.
In an ongoing and fierce battle for dominance of the search market, companies like Yahoo desperately need to innovate, or face death. Increasingly, users see little difference between the search engines in terms of core functionality; the differences are in the extra features offered, and it's these that make the difference between success and flop. Yahoo might just have scored a long needed victory over its rival Google with these two features.

View: Yahoo Video Search Example
Visit: Yahoo Video Search (Beta)


Anonymous said...

Merlinx said...

Well for now at least, the ones really benefitting from the Search Wars are us, the users. First we spent decades getting Information to be a commodity accessible to all and sundry. Now we're trying to make mining [all this information] a commodity for everyone too thanks to these battles. That's a very healthy thing.

I predict there will be a 3rd phase in the realm of global information access, and I don't know when it will come, when there will be a battle b/w giants to bring more intelligence and smarts to information integration and interactivity. By this I mean I foresee a time when companies will actually try to build active intelligence into search systems to deliver meaningful, high-level, high-context results closer to human thinking. Right now irrespective of how and what is brought back, information delivery is still disparate. A bunch of text, now moving towards video and audio but its still not integrated and contextual -- just a data stream in response to a query.

E.g. imagine being able to ask your computer (and I mean verbally 'ask') to give you run-down on the latest political situation in West Africa or something and it being able to literally have an interactive dialogue with you on the subject powered by all this commoditized technology in the background, like people talking to computers in Star Trek! Wouldn't that be cool! :-)

Lucifer's Angel said...

Merlinx: C'mon, tell me the name of the sci-fic you are reading now adays. BTW, you are not the only one foreseeing such a time. I too, and plenty more. :-)

The popular sci-fic scenarios that come to my mind are from the movies "AI" and "Time machine". In "AI", when the mecha-kid and his companion robot goes to ask the virtual doctor, "Dr. KnowItAll" (was that his name?) about the mecha-kid's mother. And in "Time machine", Dr. Alexander had an excellent conversation with the virtual librarian. The virtual librarian knows about each and every page of every book present in the library, and can dig out information for you, while delivering them interactively (verbally).

Imagine the event. I enter into my school's library, and at once a hologram of a man appears. The conversation goes like this...

V.L.: "Welcome, Shuaib! What will it be? The usuall time-travel?"
Me: "No, I would like to know your opinion about UFOs."

And then, followed is a detailed, interactive conversation between me and the hologram about the rumours of UFOs. (Cool)

Anonymous said...

@Shoiab:Or better yet a trip to the martian colonies to see the UFO's (not so unidentified now)

Merlinx said...

What kind of sci-fi do I watch? I mainly like to stick to classic, vintage stuff...Roddenberry, Bradbury and Strawberry. Hehe... :-)

Okaaay, try this on for size: At some stage the info-access wars are going to turn to better HCIs (human computer interfaces) such as bio-electronic links for accessing information faster and more accurately. Someday your great-grandkids may actually have devices embedded in their bodies that connect their neural systems directly with artificial systems for sending and receiving data. Like having info-on-demand directly beamed into your brain. Something that would completely revolutionize the eons-old traditional concept of 'learning' and changing it into 'data-implant' and humans' benchmark for intelligence would be how much information they can assimilate and use effectively. Instead of reading you would be able to plug into a terminal and download an entire book into your brain or some storage device in your body. Your brain would be more exercised towards understanding the book than wasting time on reading it. ;-)