Andi – AI Search Engine

I remember the very first time I used a computer, a long time ago, back when I was a young kid. A friend got an Apple II. We weren’t allowed to play with it unattended, but of course we did, because boys. Neither of us knew what the heck we were doing. All I knew about them was what I saw in the movies. So at the prompt, I slowly typed in:

WHAT IS MY NAME?

That early Apple II didn’t support lowercase characters. One other thing it didn’t do was know the answer to my question. Thought these machines knew everything; that’s what they showed in the movies. Spoiler Alert: The movies lied.

Although I find that memory personally amusing, the idea of untrained users trying to converse with computers like they would any normal person is actually meaningful. Take search engines. Google is a really powerful resource, but to use it effectively, one needs to be fairly proficient at speaking its structured special language. It’s not hard, but it’s not natural. Next time you ask someone a question, ask them in “googlese” and see what happens.

Andi helps out with that. It’s a search engine that uses AI so you can do natural language, conversational queries. Its responses are also similarly conversational. Its main interface, in fact, looks like a messaging app’s. It tries to give you the answer to your question as a part of the conversation, while showing search results in an adjacent panel.

It tries to present its search results in a more organized, more meaningful way, but if you prefer the Google-style SRP ranked listings, you can have Andi present the results that way too. By the same token. you can also do queries in googlese if that’s the way you like to roll.

I’m barely touching on its features. You’ll need to try it out yourself. Obviously, those who struggle with googlese will fall madly in love with Andi. But even if googlese is not an issue for you (which it clearly isn’t for a humongous amount of people), Andi’s not only worth playing with, its way of doing and looking at things will likely prove very beneficial. It’s like getting a different perspective on the same topic.

Frankly, I think it’s one heck of a writer’s research tool. Ignore it at your own risk.

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