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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Google Timeline Misses the Mark

There were mentions of the term “Android” as far back as 1270, according to Wikipedia*, but when Google’s Timeline feature finds 1788 in a query for android developer they still miss the mark:

Not the first time Google’s otherwise smart Timeline gets it wrong. In this case, the string in question which confused Google is “The Top 50 in 1788 entries”, which their algos seem to think is a year.

Can you find other Timeline hit & misses?

[Thanks Alistair!]

*Wikipedia says “The term [android] was first mentioned by St. Albertus Magnus in 1270 and was popularized by the French writer Villiers in his 1886 novel L’Ève future, although the term ’android’ appears in US patents as early as 1863 in reference to miniature humanlike toy automations.”


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