After the successful development of Knowledge Graph, to improve the future of its search and to automate the process, Google is now developing the world’s largest information database, Knowledge Vault that would provide unprecedented access to all facts about the world.
While Knowledge Graph relies on crowdsourcing to expand its information, this advanced knowledge base stores information so that machines as well as people can access it.
Characterized as “the largest store of knowledge in human history”, the Vault is built by using an algorithm to automatically pull in information from all over the web, using machine learning to turn the raw data into usable pieces of knowledge. While a database deals with numbers, this knowledge base deals with facts.
Next week, Google researchers will present a paper on its Knowledge Vault in New York. It has been reported that this system has pulled in 1.6 billion facts to date. Of these, 271 million (16%) are rated as “confident facts”.
This could also result in an improved Google Now experience, by drawing information from a variety of sources such as the CIA World Factbook and Wikipedia.
With this advanced search system, instead of asking simple questions, users can now theoretically ask more complex questions such as “Why is the weather like this in my area?” leading to much more intelligent web services.
This largest store of information in human history is also projected as the basis for future artificial intelligence applications, machine-to-machine communication and augmented reality. Along with Google, the world’s biggest technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and IBM are racing to build similar vaults.