Will 2023 be the start of the end of pure search engines?

– What? –

Who is using search nowadays when recommenders secretly choose for us in the background?

Personally, I do confess not having used the search bar in Youtube for a very long time. I just browse (a lot) and (sometimes) click on what’s presented to me.

– How? –

And for search engines also there is a similar trend with personalised search. Which is a fancy way to say “reordered results based on user past actions (or lack of actions)”.

But even stronger is the convergence of once distinct engines into a single unified search & recommendation engine.

For instance:

Algolia search & recommendations

Google Retail search & recommendations

Recombee recommendations & search

– Why? –

I suspect that the recent progress in Vector databases (SeMI Technologies Weaviate, Pinecone, Zilliz Milvus.io) and Large Language Models is leading to a new hybrid type of engine, able to master both search and recommendations.

And you, what do you think?

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