Update 2 p.m. PDT: I added more detail and examples of searches that stumped Google.
SAN FRANCISCO--Udi Manber sums up Google's core challenge with this description of people's expectations: "Here's what I say, now give me what I need."
In other words, the company must use computers to comprehend humans, said Manber, the vice president of engineering in charge of Google search, in a speech at the Gilbane Conference here Wednesday.
"Ideally, we would understand your question, we would understand all knowledge, and match the two," Manber said.
That's not possible … Read more