Service of Questions—Does Google Have All the Answers?

January 14th, 2019

Categories: Lost and Found, Pets, Questions, Traffic

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Questions, without immediate answers, often pop into my head. Every post has them of course and I’ve also focused on the topic several times before.

Here are some recent ones:

  • How do commuters fill the time and not go crazy when a traffic reporter tells them it will be 80 minutes just to get on a bridge or in a tunnel to NYC during morning rush hour–which happened last week?
  • How do pet owners of average means pay the vet bill when they have more than two love-animals?
  • I’ve lived in a moderate sized house and apartments ranging from very large to moderate size and now I live in a small apartment. Why is it that my husband and I lose as many things in the small space as in the large?

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I asked Mike, a millennial and techy and my office next door neighbor, if unanswered questions like these pop into his head and did he think about the answers. He said, “I Google everything. I’d rather know.”  The child of the Internet added, “Google has never steered me wrong.”

I use Google a lot but hadn’t thought to do so regarding this crop of questions and when I did, it satisfied a third of them.

  • Commuters in traffic: I’d already thought of learning a language or listening to an audio book which I also read about as a result of a Google search. To address the stress I hadn’t thought of wearing comfy shoes as that would be automatic for me before a potentially trying drive, or loosening clothes and stretching before heading home after a difficult day. None addressed how to tackle the surprise of an extra one hour plus to a commute.
  • Pet owners paying vet bills for many pets: I didn’t find a satisfactory answer to my second question though I admit I didn’t spend a long time looking. I read about what percentage of pet owners have pet insurance; How much should pet owners spend on a sick pet; How much is the average vet bill and How much does a dog cost monthly? I suppose the answer to my question is “these owners don’t go to a vet for routine care.” [Our bills upstate ran on average $350 for such care for one cat especially if a blood test was involved.]
  • Losing things in big and small spaces: Results for question number three were equally unsatisfactory. Response categories covered how to stop losing things at home and a prayer to find a lost item to how to find something you love.

What kinds of questions pop into your head? Do you resort to Google for responses? If not, how do you satisfy them?

 

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6 Responses to “Service of Questions—Does Google Have All the Answers?”

  1. Martha Takayama Said:

    I would like to think that google searaches provide the answer to all my questions. However, I know they don’t. More importantly I know that at any given moment or any given day an identically or similarly phrased question will result in myriad different answers or no answer related to the question at all. I have found that to be true of searches for people, items, opinions or objects.

    Language translation for a word or brief phrase is fairly accurate. You still need to be selective and focus on the content of the word you are looking up. Good persistent pre-internet research experience make your google searches more beneficial. Don’t expect that you will necessarily find answers to questions that require sophisticated or subjective thinking or judgments. Also be prepared to not find specific information you have found earlier. Lastly remember that no matter what you are told to believe, nothing on the internet is private!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    So true, Martha! Say you look up some medication for a friend or a medical device. You’ll be dogged by companies selling cures and more all over the place for ages. Irritating but the price we pay for the “free” service.

    However a negative comment about a company on Google needs a specialist to remove and even then….

    It’s still quite remarkable….as you also point out, it isn’t the answer to everything.

  3. Protius Said:

    The answer to your question is that it sure seems like Google does not have all the answers. I admit I use it as if it did and need to remind myself that what it really is is just a super slick marketing machine. Neither is it infallible in its question answering roll, nor is it as omnipotent as it seems in its other functions such as market intelligence gathering. We, its customers, should set our collective minds to work on how now to regulate and limit what it can and cannot do.

    The big question is why did we wait this long to recognize the risks inherent in what Google was up to? Now, it will be a far more complicated job than it would have been say twenty years ago.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Protius,

    As you and many others have often said we are still in the wild west where the Internet used by John and Jane Q Public is concerned. We sit in awe adding apps, like eating popcorn, to mobile phones some of which pay for all number of things. I’ve not read about smartphone-pay theft but then I’ve not researched it on Google or anywhere else.

    What we don’t need is some entity to blow it up or tear it all down. We’ll be up the collective creek.

  5. Lucrezia Said:

    Nothing and no one has all the answers, and that includes Google. However, they are a help and get my vote.

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Lucrezia,

    Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Google. I was hoping someone might answer some of the questions it couldn’t answer!

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