According to your grandmother, over 96% of kids these days don't know their history and will be doomed to repeat it. Also, no one learns cursive anymore. There's not a whole lot that Google can do about the latter, but with a new search tool, they may be working on the former. Chrome and Search enthusiast Florian Kiersch posted screenshots of a new Knowledge Graph tool that automatically generates timelines of broad historical topics based on content from Wikipedia. The tool appears to be in the early stages of testing, and isn't publicly available.


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Search for something like "World War I" and you'll be presented with a layered timeline above your main search results. On a desktop browser you can click and drag to navigate forward or backward in time, and scrolling up or down will allow you to "zoom" into a particular point. The larger each year is on the X-axis, the more small events will be identified. Then zoom out to see much larger-scale events, like the lifespans of individuals or even countries. Resting the cursor on any one entry will give you a photo and a brief paragraph of description along with an exact bracket on the timeline. Clicking the item will shift you to a new Google search, with a new timeline for that topic.

The interface is pretty rough at the moment, and it looks like the graphics in particular are a long way from completion, as they clash with Google's recent clean card-based aesthetic. Kiersch notes that if the timeline feature is added (which of course is not a certainty) it probably won't be within the next three months, at the very least. 

Source: Florian Kiersch (Video Link)