The search engine giant, Google is now on yet another surprising task of building a Knowledge Vault, a massive database that enables one unprecedented access to the world’s fact. Without any human intervention, the Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, people and objects in it.

The foundation of systems lies in the accuracy of the gathered knowledge, which also allows robots and smartphones to understand what their users ask them. Turning a new lens to the human history, the Knowledge Vault is a system that stores information so that it can be accessed by both machines and humans alike.

The company’s existing knowledge base is called Knowledge Graph and works on the principle of crowd sourcing to expand its information. With an aim to automate the process, Google has initiated the Vault by using an algorithm to automatically compile information from the web, a machine learning to turn the raw data into usable pieces of knowledge, with present stats reading 1.6 billion till date.

Tom Austin, a technology analyst at Gartner in Boston, commented that the world’s biggest technology companies are racing to build 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.

The information superhighway is on the move, and it is for us to see how it expands to an unimaginable structure in the days to come.

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