Et tu, Google?Posted: April 14, 2013 | Author: Hilary Mason | Filed under: blog | Tags: google, search | 7 Comments »
In 2008, cuil, a search engine startup, displayed my bio alongside a photo of deceased actress Hilary Mason. In January 2013, Bing confused us, this time putting my photo next to her bio (they fixed it after a suitable amount of mocking on Twitter).
Today I win the internet?
If you zoom in on the bio section, you can clearly see that it’s her bio with a photo of me (originally from Crain’s New York 40 under Forty). Further, if you go into her filmography, you continue to see my photo.
I’m most proud of my starring role in the amazing film Robot Jox. (bottom right of the image below)
I know that entity disambiguation is a hard problem. I’ve worked on it, though never with the kind of resources that I imagine Google can bring to it. And yet, this is absurd!