Spying an intelligent search engine
While most would agree that Google has set the current standard for Web search, some technologists say even better tools are on the horizon thanks to advances in artificial intelligence.
Search is like oxygen for many people now, and considering Google’s breakthroughs in Web document analysis, supercomputing and Internet advertising, it can be easy to think this is as good as it gets. But some entrepreneurs in artificial intelligence (AI) say that Google is not the end of history. Rather, its techniques are a baseline of where we’re headed next.
Proponents of AI techniques say that one day people will be able to search for the plot of a novel, or list all the politicians who said something negative about the environment in the last five years, or find out where to buy an umbrella just spotted on the street. Techniques in AI such as natural language, object recognition and statistical machine learning will begin to stoke the imagination of Web searchers once again.
“This is the beginning for the Web being at work for you in a smart way, and taking on the tedious tasks for you,” said Alain Rappaport, CEO and founder of Medstory, a search engine for medical information that went into public beta in July.
“The Web and the amount of information is growing at such a pace that it’s an imperative to build an intelligent system that leverages knowledge and exploits it efficiently for people,” he added.
Medstory is not alone. Other young companies such as stealth start-up Powerset and image specialist Riya are also looking to turn arcane computing techniques into business success stories.
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