Craig Silverstein was talking at a search engine meet about the next generation of search engines. This from WebProNews:
Silverstein is now changing his vision of the future of search to an even more bizarre scenario. In a speech closely resembling a Star Trek episode, he shared his new prediction of search moving towards the existence of search pets hundreds of years from now. These search pets would not necessarily be like a pet dog, but more like "a genetically engineered beast."
Adding to the science fiction, he believes search pets will be able to understand emotions and allow people to search for things that aren't necessarily facts. For example, searchers can ask search pets, "What did Bob mean when he said that?"
Search pets could also help out in the bedroom. Take marital issues, for example. Guys, when you ask your honey what's wrong and she says nothing - there IS somehting wrong and it's NOT nothing. Silverstein sees search pets as being able to find to the correct answer to these tricky questions.