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Google, how old is the president? (google.com)
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Can someone share what they're seeing? I'm not in the US and there isn't a knowledge card, which is what I think the Americans are seeing.

The first result on the page for me is:

List of Presidents of the United States by age - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_Unit... This is a list of presidents of the United States by age. The first table charts the age of each ... 55 years and 6 months, which is about how old Benjamin Harrison was at the time of his inauguration. ... The youngest living president is Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961 (age 700420517000000000056 years, 63 days).

https://i.stack.imgur.com/sgAN8.png Displays a snippet suggesting Barack Obama is 56 years old.

When I search from the USA, it displays a card informing me that Barack Obama is 56 years old.

I'm not getting any meaningful answer: https://imgur.com/a/HL29A

> age 700420517000000000056 years

Hmmm.... I don’t believe President Obama is older than the universe. YMMV!

Barack Obama / Age 56 years August 4, 1961

I think Google is a little the victim of it's own success. They are never going to be as perfect as we expect on these answers

"how old is the US president" gives the correct answer. Most other inputs don't try to return an exact value.

FYI for transparency. I have informed the google search team of this undesirable search behavior.

I am a google employee within google cloud. So can't talk about why you see Obama instead of Trump but good catch.


Someone brought their tin foil hat today.

So you mean an AI struggles to adjust to changes, say it ain't so.

Lies we tell ourselves to get to sleep at night.

What's the point?

That Google hasn't automated the process of inferring that the question was about the current president.

This generalizes to pretty much any official position.

During the last UK election they got 3 out of the 4 main party leaders wrong for searches about "general election 2017"

I believe your question is "it shows Obama, so what?", is that right?

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