john battelle

Does IBM's Watson Offer the Future of Search? Not Yet

Some influential tech voices deeply critical of today's search technology hailed the victory of IBM's Watson at Jeopardy! as a forerunner of a new type of more intelligent, useful and less spammy search. Here's why that's still an awfully long ways off.

Quora: Finally, a Killer Online Q&A Service Comes Together

Under the radar, a little company called Quora has started to go ballistic. It aims to create a social watering hole where interesting, sophisticated questions are asked, and intelligent answers are provided, without spam, trolls, stupidity or flame wars.