Tuesday, 10 March 2009

British search engine to rival Google?

A British physicist has revealed his plan to launch a a new search engine so powerful that one expert has suggested it "could be as important as Google". Due to be released in May 2009 the search engine Wolfram Alpha is an attempt to address some of the deficiencies of current web search by understanding people's questions and answering them directly.

Other search engines like Google, compare search terms against billions of documents stored on its servers, before pointing to the pages on which the correct answer is probably kept. Although this method is very successful, computer scientists have continued trying to create a system that can understand human language. According to some scientists Alpha is far more impressive than what has gone before."Wolfram Alpha is like plugging into a vast electronic brain. It provides thorough questions asked in many different ways, and it computes answers – it doesn't merely look them up in a big database."

Watch this space or see more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/mar/09/search-engine-google