Google’s inched ever closer to the dream of Star Trek-style computing with its new Conversational Search, unveiled today at Google I/O. You start a search by saying “Okay, Google…,” speak your query, whether it’s “when does my flight leave” or trivia like “what’s the population of my town.” Google responds, both by voice and with text results.
Conversational Search uses the data that Google has about you and your activities to power search results with information that’s actually relevant to your interests. You can say “show me my vacation pictures,” and Google will bring up photos you’ve uploaded. At the same time, you can say “Show me things to do around Washington DC,” and Google will not just respond to you in-voice, but also present search results littered with popular destinations, arranged on a Google Map and with relevant links below.