I read an article about India and wanted to know how much money “2 lakh” is in Euro. The search engine responded as follows:
I was expecting Indian Rupee to Euro and not US Dollar to Euro.
What went wrong? It turns out that “lakh” is a counting word (hundred thousand) and not a currency. So the search engine only read “tell me 200000 somethings in Euro”. It correctly inferred that somethings might be a currency, but weirdly used US Dollar rather than Indian Rupee (talk about how Western dominance permeates all software). Even though the counting word is distinctively Indian, the search engine did not infer that the currency then perhaps should be the currency of India.
To a human, this would be have been obvious.
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