Solution for search engine ‘blind spot’.
While Google is good for searching out cat videos or other information which can be cataloged and stored online, some information still eludes it, such as where parking spaces are currently available in a given area.
A new paper seeks to find a solution for this, detailing a way for web searchers to be connected to someone else at a certain physical location to answer their question. That would require smartphone users to install an app which monitored and constantly updated an index of their location so any questions can be routed to them when appropriate.
What the paper doesn’t go into is how a user could be convinced to make themselves available to answer questions and have their location monitored - after all, what’s in it for them? 

Solution for search engine ‘blind spot’.

While Google is good for searching out cat videos or other information which can be cataloged and stored online, some information still eludes it, such as where parking spaces are currently available in a given area.

A new paper seeks to find a solution for this, detailing a way for web searchers to be connected to someone else at a certain physical location to answer their question. That would require smartphone users to install an app which monitored and constantly updated an index of their location so any questions can be routed to them when appropriate.

What the paper doesn’t go into is how a user could be convinced to make themselves available to answer questions and have their location monitored - after all, what’s in it for them? 

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