There are a lot of things in which Google helped us during its years of existence. From finding specific web pages to making our math calculations and finding our locations, Google now proudly launches the “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” search tool.
So, you’re probably asking yourself what’s with this “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon”. Well, it’s related to a theory that all the people in the world are connected via 6 other persons. So that’s the same thing with Kevin Bacon and the show biz and not only. A Bacon number refers actually to the trivia game “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” in which you try to connect different actors to Kevin Bacon via the films they have appeared in.
Interestingly, so many people have interacted with Kevin Bacon that linking into a search engine doesn’t actually sound all that crazy. The actual game behind the new craze was invented in 1994 by three college buddies: Craig Fass, Brian Turtle and Mike Ginelli.
It all started with a movie “The Air Up There” which got the three college buddies to conclude that Kevin Bacon may be and could be the center of the entertainment universe. They immediately put it in print “Kevin Bacon was at the center of the entertainment universe.”
Back in the days, the game was actually hard, given all the research players had to do, but now Google comes to the rescue with its clever search engine. With the help of Google it’s pretty hard to find a celebrity with a Bacon number higher than three.
The great stuff about this is for Google that it gets to show off the improvements they’ve done to the search engine within the past two years. More particularly, with “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” Google is putting on display “The Knowledge Graph”, a databasethat maps facts and how different people, places and things relate to one another.
“There’s a lot of work to be done in search to fulfill its mission, trying to better understand the world and provide structure around it,” said Yossi Matias, the engineering director in charge of Google’s Israeli engineering team, which built the game. “It’s a great opportunity here to provide better search results, and this is a demonstration of what can be done in much larger scale.”