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A colleague of mine interviewed the 17-year-old winner of this year's Google Science Fair.

Her name's Brittany Wegner and she built a cloud-based artificial neural network that helps diagnose and classify breast cancer.

What were you doing at age 17?
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Cute, short video.  Check it out. 
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Hehehe, I think I am an expert by now ^_-
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"All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue."

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The Knowledge Graph Will Make the Web More Like an App

I'm really excited about Google's announcement yesterday about the "knowledge graph." This is a big deal folks:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/introducing-knowledge-graph-things-not.html

About twenty years ago (yep I'm dating myself), I had the wonderful opportunity to work in Microsoft's new "multimedia publishing group." This was a very creative and entrepreneurial unit within Microsoft that created some truly wonderful CD-ROM multimedia titles. The most famous was Encarta, the multimedia encyclopedia, but there were some other really impressive titles, including "Cinemania" (a wonderful precursor to IMDB) and Music Central (an amazing music database).

Working on these titles taught me what happens when you organize content by giving it structure and meaning - which is exactly where Google is now headed. What you get when you do that is an application - a knowledge application, or an '_application of knowledge.'_ In the case of those CD-ROM titles, we were able to create really fast filtering of movies, by director, genre, rating and so on. That's because all of the content within Cinemania was "marked up" using something called SGML, and doing that embedded meaning into the content. "Alfred Hitchcock" wasn't just two words that appeared next to each other; we knew it meant a film director.

Of course, IMDB does much of this today, but it lacks the amazing interactivity that the speed of CD-ROM access made possible. That's all going to change as HTML5 gains adoption across the web. Combine HTML5's ability to creative really engaging, interactive user interfaces with the increasingly structured data now emerging in the knowledge graph, and the web is going to become more and more like an app - and hopefully without taking us down the increasingly proprietary path that iPhone apps have started to take us.

If you haven't yet seen these applications of structured search from Google, it's worth playing around with them a bit. It will give you a taste of the future:
http://www.google.com/landing/recipes/
http://www.google.com/flights/
http://www.google.com/hotelfinder
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... and now we see it. 
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... and that is all I want :-)
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