Knowledge Vault: Google building largest information database ever

Google is building a 'Knowledge Vault' database that could give unprecedented access to the world's facts.

Published Date
25 - Aug - 2014
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25 - Aug - 2014
Knowledge Vault: Google building largest information database eve...

Google is building a 'Knowledge Vault' which has the largest store of information in human history. The knowledge base gathers and merges data automatically from across the web and stores it so people and machines can read it.

Google's current knowledge base, called Knowledge Graph, depends on crowd sourcing to expand its information. However, Google has now decided to automate the process. The Knowledge Vault uses an algorithm to automatically pull in information from all over the web, via machine learning to turn the raw data into usable pieces of knowledge.

The Knowledge Vault already has over 1.6 billion facts, of these 271 million are rated as 'confident facts', which Google says have more than 90% chance of being true, according to reports. Google researcher Kevin Murphy and his team will present a paper on Knowledge Vault at the Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in New York on 25th August.

The Knowledge Vault could also improve user interactions with augmented reality.  It could provide anyone wearing a heads-up display with information about the buildings, landmarks and businesses they are looking at in the real world. Also Read: Microsoft's Cortana to receive object recognition technology

Tom Austin, a technology analyst at Gartner in Boston, stated that the world's biggest technology companies are building similar vaults.

"Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and IBM are all building them, and they're tackling these enormous problems that we would never even have thought of trying 10 years ago," he said. Austin stated that the one of the first applications of the data base will be virtual personal assistants that go way beyond what Siri, Cortana or Google Now are capable of now.

"Before this decade is out, we will have a smart priority inbox that will find for us the 10 most important emails we've received and handle the rest without us having to touch them," Austin says.

Source: New Scientist