Google 'guru' lives up to its name, is pretty dumb

Ian Lurie

Quick update: If you type in ‘2*4’ it will actually do the math for you. However, typing in ‘pointless’ still returns no results.
I’ve long assumed that most folks who call themselves ‘gurus’ are pretty deficient in the guru-ness department.
Turns out, the same is true of automated chat bots. Google just launched Google Talk Guru in Google Labs. You’re supposed to be able to send it basic queries like ‘calculate 2 * 4’ or ‘define bicycle’.
I think they need to keep it in the lab for a while longer:

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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie is the founder of Portent. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). Ian's recorded training for, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Ian is now an independent consultant and continues to work with the Portent team- training the agency group on all things digital. You can find him at

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  1. I think you got it in the early morning when he was still sleepy. It’s now working for me, at least if you wanna talk with the google search engine 🙂 if you use it with your cellphone, it’s like having a prototype of the hitchicker guide to the galaxy 😉
    eg: define aldebaran

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