Google Now will Help You Find Your Lost Belongings
Have you ever wondered how life would be without Google? Difficult, Right? And a latest patent application by Google– Saving and Retrieving Locations of Objects– is making sure that people who disagree will eventually have to change their opinion.
The patent application talks about the next update of Google Now that could help you find your favorite books or that cherished DVD collection that you lent to someone or your favorite Kim’s poster. And every other object that you own by doing one simple thing: Googling it.
So How Google Now Helps You Find Your Belongings?
If a user, let’s call him George lends his rock collection to his friend John, inputs the statement “The Rock collection is with John” either via Text or Voice Search, Google parses the query and stores the details of his collection along with its location.
Knowing how highly integrated the Google platform is, connecting all the applications with one single email; it would be unfair if the functionality of all the available information would not be made use of. When something is lent to john, Google tries to predict a relationship of George with John based on all the available data and creates John as a contact, with his address and other information.
So months later, when George wonders where his rock collection is, all he needs to do is ask Google for it. And Google would output the information about the location of the Rock collection and the person it is with, John in the present scenario.
When John returns the rock collection, George can make an entry and Google would update the location of the collection. In that way, you can keep a track of everything you own.
But did you even wonder which rock collection I have referred to? The stone rock or Rock music. Chances are this question didn’t cross your mind. But Google being Google, it crafts attributes so that all information related to your belongings would get stored.
And if not through the first query, then the second one or the third one, Google tries to assume all the information related a thing with the help of its advanced natural language parsing algorithm.
If George inputted, “Got my Beatles collection back from John”, for example, Google would automatically fill in the attribute as Music genre. With intelligent processing capabilities, Google collects George’s data under its own unique identity, making it easier for a him to keep track of all his/her stuff.
Who will get benefited the most?
People who suffer with disease like Alzheimer’s are the one who would be at an advantage since this latest addition could simplify their lives a hundred times. Provided they don’t forget to Google it. No offense meant.
This is not the first time Google came up with a technology that could improve lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. In the recent Google glass update, Google introduced facial recognition to detects a person’s face and identifies his name and relationship with the person wearing the Glass. It definitely has changed lives of Alzheimer patients.
This feature will benefit each person on the planet who is like me– forgetful, undisciplined and often I misplace things and search around my house looking for it and I call everyone to ask if they have the thing I’m looking for. Google will make our lives way better. Well, that’s what the patent application says!
I’d better catch up the episode of House on Cards on Netflix. We now have Netflix in India.
Holy cow! Where’s the remote control? Google it. Nah! There is still some time before I could say Google it. Till then, I will have to manually search the remote control. I can’t find it, not again! I hope they implement this feature soon.
PS: Found it. I was sitting on it all the while. Can Google detect that in the future? Only time will tell. What do you think, btw? I’m waiting for your comments.
Originally published at www.whatafuture.com on February 19, 2016.