Joe Janes interviewed on "To the Point"

Warren Olney explored predictive search technologies like Google Now on his popular public broadcasting show, "To the Point." Olney interviewed Associate Professor Joe Janes to understand how these technologies might impact libraries.

Janes, whose recent book, "Libraries 2020" includes new technology themes, was asked about whether or not predictive search poses risks to the act of searching, researching and learning typically associated with libraries. Janes compared active search as we know it to the passive search offered by predictive technologies and suggested it means deciding whether or not you want Google to be your personal assistant/friend. It really depends on how comfortable people are with letting a company use your personal/private information to assist you. 

Listen to the segment, "Do You Want Your Smartphone Telling You What to Do?" originally aired Friday, September 6 at 1 p.m.