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The Internet Was Invented in 1934 (Sorta)


In 1934, Paul Otlet realized that the wires and radio waves connecting the world could be used for more than chatter and entertainment, but also to bring the world’s knowledge into any home.

In his Radiated Library vision, people would place a telephone call requesting information to a great library. It wasn’t as easy as typing a question into Google, but Otlet was making the most of the technology he had.

Librarians would pull the information and send the pages as TV signals for what Otlet called the Televised Book. He also suggested dividing the screen into sections to display several books — what we know as opening multiple windows or browser tabs.

Otlet went as far as suggesting that this phone-and-screen combination would replace traditional books. In other words, he foresaw the Kindle and the iPad.

» via Yahoo! News

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Google Introduces Knowledge Graph: the first step for semantic search

Today, Google announced they are making Google Search more intelligent. Some have been predicting the gradual release of the semantic web and this might be Google‘s early version. Google Search is quickly moving from an information engine to a knowledge engine.

Google uses the example of [taj mahal]. Previously, this query has just been two words that Google recognized but couldn’t give any meaning to. But now with Googles Knowledge Graph, their algorithm can understand real-world entities and analyze their relationship to one another.

Google is not just pulling data from Wikipedia and other sources like the CIA’s World Factbook. Their system accounts for a much larger pool of information and data because of their ability to connect with people who search for things on the web. This gives Google (to date) more than 500 million objects to use with over 3.5 billion facts about the relationships between these different objects.

Here’s what you can expect from Google’s knowledge graph: READ MORE