– Download MP3 – iTunes This story first aired in February 2009. On today’s show I visit Google’s founding executive chef, Charlie Ayers, at his restaurant in Palo Alto. Charlie Ayers does some early morning work in his new restaurant, Calafia, which is located across the street from Stanford University
Google has been famously protective of its super-secret search algorithm — that is, the computer code that translates our searches into relevant results we expect. But technology journalist Stephen Levy has gotten unprecedented access to the process Google employs to improve search. In Wired magazine he reports Google is set to make more than 500 changes to its search algorithm this year alone.