The search giant built an experimental artificial intelligence that lets readers browse thousands of books by asking casual questions

Google is merging search engine technology with artificial intelligence to harness the knowledge contained in a decidedly low-tech medium: books.

Talk to Books is one of the search giant’s latest projects, involving an AI scanning of 100,000 volumes in Google Books and using that information to provide answers to users' questions. Thanks to semantic search—a method designed to understand the meaning, intent and context of a query rather than a strictly literal keyword search—the goal is for the AI to respond with answers that sound similar to how an actual person would respond in the course of a conversation.

While some of the responses are still on the silly side, it is already proving to be an interesting tool to explore new ideas while giving the world a glimpse at the future of AI.

Talk to Books

Google is merging search engine technology with artificial intelligence to harness the knowledge contained in a decidedly low-tech medium: books.

Talk to Books is one of the search giant’s latest projects, involving an AI scanning of 100,000 volumes in Google Books and using that information to provide answers to users' questions. Thanks to semantic search—a method designed to understand the meaning, intent and context of a query rather than a strictly literal keyword search—the goal is for the AI to respond with answers that sound similar to how an actual person would respond in the course of a conversation.