Google Search is steadily becoming smarterā€“from voice search in 2008 to the Knowledge Graph in 2012. But now, the Google Search team is marking another milestoneā€”it can tackle even more complex questions.

In a blog post, product manager Satyajeet Salgar talks about some of the nuanced advancements, which are actually a pretty big deal. In the broadest sense, Google is beginning to understand the meaning and semantics of your queries, which lets Google use its Knowledge Graph more reliably.

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Google gives a few examples, like better understanding superlatives, dates in questions, and complex questions with many different parts to consider. Like the one above, for example. ā€œNow weā€™re ā€œgrowing upā€ just a little more,ā€ writes Salgar. ā€œWe can now break down a query to understand the semantics of each piece, so we can get at the intent behind the entire question.ā€

Google Search is scary smart compared to its humble beginnings in the 90s, but thereā€™s still much more to learn. [Google]

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