Yesterday, I was checking out the “new and improved” Google Now feature on my iPhone, and when I pulled up the weather card, I was met with this remarkable temperature: 125 degrees in the light rain in Jersey City at 11:18 in the morning.
I quickly checked my other favorite weather site – forecast.io – on my iPad, and learned the actual temperature in Jersey City was a balmy, but humid, 75 degrees with scattered rain. A 50 degree bogus increase in temperature is a really bad result from a company you pay to trust.
It was a little alarming to see how bluntly and boldly Google Now delivered the absolutely wrong — and dangerous! — temperature. Sure, mistakes happen, but there was no subsequent notification, or even acknowledgement later, that the 125 degree temperature was a hiccough in the Google world — and that should concern us all.
When Google burps, we all involuntarily swallow.