Sunday, September 17, 2006

Babylon and the State of Search Engines

I tried to buy Kombucha mushrooms from the USA through the Internet. In Hebrew they are called kambuchion, but entering this word into Google search produced nothing, of course. Babylon on line dictionary doesn't recognize this word in Hebrew. I had to find the right spelling by describing to the Google search box what this mushroom does. It was a brilliant clumsy way to get what I needed.
This is an everyday example of the problem to access existing data on the Web. Language barriers still prevent us from finding answers to our most simple queries.
It seems that biblical Babylon is still here, we speak in a language that others do not recognize.

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