Google outlines possible future of search

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The growth of cloud computing and internet connectivity will drive search to new levels over the next ten years, according to Google.

In the latest of a series of articles by company executives, Google vice president of engineering Alfred Spector and research scientist Franz Och painted a picture of what internet search will be like in 2019.

The pair describes an internet that is dominated by cloud computing and a new cloud of internet-capable devices.

As such, the two see a greater pool of information to index and a larger, richer database of information which comes from a much greater variety of sources.

"Computer systems will have greater opportunity to learn from the collective behavior of billions of humans," they wrote.

"They will get smarter, gleaning relationships between objects, nuances, intentions, meanings, and other deep conceptual information."

These new capabilities could allow for far more detailed and specific searches, claims Google. Spector and Och predicted that users could search for multimedia files simply by suggesting a genre or theme.

"We could train our systems to discern not only the characters or place names in a YouTube video or a book, for example, but also to recognize the plot or the symbolism," the pair wrote.

"The potential result would be a kind of conceptual search: 'Find me a story with an exciting chase scene and a happy ending'."

Such a system may already be taking root in Mountain View. Yesterday, the company announced the first public beta of an audio indexing tool which allows users to search various political speeches by crawling through the actual words used in the speech.
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