Google may be a billion-dollar corporation. But it’s also a fun-loving company. And it wants to remind us of it by adding some products or features to show their quirky side. Recently, it announced that it had added videos of celebrities answering your questions on mobile search results.
It’s the side of Google that wants to show it understands pop culture. And it also wants to help you know that its employees are not all serious and that they can have fun too. Most of its fun side is presented on its Google Doodle or its dancing hot dog on Snapchat. But sometimes, the company’s funny side doesn’t make sense.
Mobile Search Feature
This new feature encourages celebrities to answer those random questions about them through a selfie video. In this feature, you can ask Google’s mobile search engine any question about a celebrity, and if that star had anticipated that such question would be asked, the result would show a selfie video of his/her answer. Of course, the celebrities would only answer those most-asked questions or inquiries that they are comfortable answering.
“We’re piloting this feature on mobile with answers from Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo and Dominique Ansel. Whether you’re wondering what Gina Rodriguez’s pet peeve is, what movie changed Nick Jonas’ life, or want Kenan Thompson’s input on what makes something funny, these self-recorded videos share their perspectives and answers to some of your most-asked questions.” – Rami Banna, Product Manager
The announcement of Google included a selfie-shot of what’s going to come. In the next few months, it’ll show more videos of your favorite celebrities answering your questions.
It’s not clear yet how many questions every celebrity has answered. Google also didn’t explain why it added this feature and why it’s even relevant. Since Google looks like it’s having fun with it, why not join them.
Another exciting feature that Google added was on its Maps that allowed you to know how long you’re going to wait in long lines at a trendy restaurant. It’s a useful feature who don’t like long lines. The good thing is that Google will add this feature to search results and Maps.
This feature covers sit-down restaurants, which accept walk-in customers. The results are provided through anonymized historical data. You can see the waiting time as you search for business.
Chocolate Chip and Cardamon Cookie
By the way, Google may also sell a smart cookie. Recently, the company experimented with its new technology for experimental design. Its unique technology designed the “best possible chocolate chip cookies.”
“Working out of the Goat Bakery kitchen, Chef John and Jeanette mixed and matched some unusual ingredients like cardamom and szechuan pepper, using the measurements provided by Google’s system. Two months and 59 test batches later, the culinary duo came up with a new take on the classic chocolate chip cookie: The Chocolate Chip and Cardamom Cookie.”
“The smart cookie experiment is a taste of what’s possible with AI. We hope it gets you thinking about what kinds of things you can bake up with it.” – Google
Would you bake a cookie using Google’s technology too? I wonder what does it taste like, especially as it added unusual ingredients.