The Google Spoiler Filter
April 9, 2015 - Beta, Gadget, Movies, TV,
Google is working on a spoiler filter to save the integrity of my much loved movies and shows from spoilers. The content filter of web and social media would automagically block content that I have yet to experience – magic . So far I’ve learned to cope without Google’s services by the grace of other writers clearly informing me of a pending spoiler, and by getting my content from places that I trust. This is much harder however when it comes to social media such as Twitter, where one tweet can destroy a season.
Google has made no official announcement, and actually the only thing we know about this idea is the patent from the U.S. Patent Trademark Office filed on Tuesday. It says in short, imagine some software on your device like a tablet or computer that tracks how far along you are in a book, movie or TV show (think Google Play). This info is compared to the content in a social media feed, or website where you are alerted to possible spoilers. Comic books were not mentioned btw.
So ok pie in the sky for now but it could be pretty cool. However I would be concerned that Google might not know all the intricacies of many of the shows I watch. Take a complex character like Skye in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or better yet maybe Wolverine. Is some algorithm, going to be able to discern which Wolverine the author is talking about? Can it tell the difference from Wolverine in the 616, or from the MCU, or from LEGO superheroes. And then understand which ones I care about. Now that would be impressive.
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Google certainly can do the unbelievable and the impressive. But we will have to wait and see. “We hold patents on a variety of ideas — some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t,” a Google spokeswoman said. “Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents.”