Published May 17, 2012 | 4:38 pm
Thursday, May 17, 2012 – 11:38Saanj News
“The Knowledge Graph also helps us understand the relationships between things. Marie Curie is a person in the Knowledge Graph, and she had two children, one of whom also won a Nobel Prize, as well as a husband, Pierre Curie, who claimed a third Nobel Prize for the family,” said Google software engineer Sarveshwar Dudd.
“All of these are linked in our graph. It's not just a catalogue of objects; it also models all these inter-relationships. It's the intelligence between these different entities that's the key,” said Dudd, the Daily Mail reports.
“We're proud of our first baby step – the Knowledge Graph – which will enable us to make search more intelligent, moving us closer to the 'Star Trek computer' that I've always dreamed of building,” added Dudd.
Google avers this is a “critical first step towards building the next generation of search, which taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do.”
Google said the search engine pulls the facts, figures and images from across the web – so it is not relying on the traditional search engine trick of pulling data from Wikipedia.
Amit Singhal, Google's senior vice-president of engineering, said: “Search is a lot about discovery – the basic human need to learn and broaden your horizons. But searching still requires a lot of hard work by you, the user. So today I'm really excited to launch the Knowledge Graph, which will help you discover new information quickly and easily.”
Explaining the concept, Singhal said: “Take a query like Taj Mahal. For more than four decades, search has essentially been about matching keywords to queries. To a search engine the words Taj Mahal have been just that – two words.
“But we all know that Taj Mahal has a much richer meaning. You might think of one of the world's most beautiful monuments, or a Grammy Award-winning musician, or possibly even a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, or depending on when you last ate, the nearest Indian restaurant,” said Singhal.