Inferring Intent on Mobile Devices | Smart Data Collective

[Ex-Google CEO Eric] Schmidt recently said that while the Google Instant predictive search technology helps shave an average of 2 seconds off users’ queries, the next step is “autonomous search.” This means Google will conduct searches for users without them having to manually conduct searches. As an example, Schmidt said he could be walking down the streets of San Francisco and receive information about the places around him on his mobile phone without having to click any buttons. “Think of it as a serendipity engine,” Schmidt said. “Think of it as a new way of thinking about traditional text search where you don’t even have to type.”  – eWeek

When users type phrases into Google, they are searching, but also expressing intent. To create the “serendipity engine” that Eric Schmidt envisions would require a system that infers users’ intentions.

Here are some of the input signals a mobile device could use to infer intent.

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