I’m a Dead Celebrity!Posted: January 29, 2013 | Author: Hilary Mason | Filed under: blog | 3 Comments »
I have a Google alert set up for my name, and over the weekend it sent me here.
Update: Bing has removed the page and now redirects to a regular search.
It’s a page on Bing Celebrities, merging my information with information about Hilary Mason, the (now deceased) British actress. According to this page, I have starred in movies before I was born and made videos after I died. It’s my photo and her filmography.
It’s creepy, but it’s also intriguing. How does this happen?
The data is credited to AMG and inbaseline, whose domain, though linked directly from Bing, does not resolve. Entity disambiguation is certainly a challenge, but I expect more from Microsoft, with so much data and so many brains.
This kind of error makes it extremely clear that identity is not a solved problem. I’ve written a bit about identity slippage before. And that people are especially sensitive to errors about themselves.
This isn’t the first time a search engine has confused me with the other Hilary Mason, except the first time was cuil (remember that?) and it was her photo as Ugly Hag and my bio. I’ll take it Bing’s way, thank you!