I concluded PageRank does not support the Google assertions that it supports development of “the perfect search engine.”
Adam Bosworth, Vice President of Engineering, Google, would undoubtedly not disagree that Google co-founder Larry Page’s desire to create a search engine that "understands exactly what you mean and gives you back exactly what you want" has not been fully realized.
I recently spent an evening at the NYC Googleplex, chatted with Bosworth, and enjoyed his presentation: “Physics, Speed, and Imprecision: What Works and What Doesn't in Software, and Why."
Before an audience of about 200 New York City technologists, Bosworth expressed confidence that fuzzy problem resolution “works really well” in search because “choices are expected anyway and the magic is just ranking.” Search ought not be treated as a natural language problem, because there would be no room for error, Bosworth conveyed.
Imprecision is better than nothing and searchers "don't know if we are right," Bosworth put forth. Google makes educated guesses and people are pretty forgiving, he indicated.
Fuzzy problem, imprecision, educated guesses…do not seem to support a “perfect search engine” qualification.
Should Google searchers be “forgiving,” or should they expect higher standards from the world’s largest search engine, Google?