Google vice president of research Alfred Spector says the search giant is working on a wide variety of research projects. One project is Search by Voice, an intuitive and fast search interface designed to carry out Web searches based on users' vocal instructions. The technology builds on Google's research in speech recognition. Spector says Google's long range-projects include the generation of a database of concepts and the relationships between them based on the vast corpus of data on the Web.
"The database would enable much better search and better language translation because there'd be a better understanding of the meaning of the words," he says.
Spector also points to Google's interest in advancing search technology to the point where it can retrieve multiple forms of information, such as images, blog entries, books, faxes, tables, and videos. He says Google is focusing on making searches more capable of retrieving "Deep Web" content, noting that "we have developed technologies to enable the Google crawler to get content behind forms and therefore expose it to our users."
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