We’ve all heard of Google’s Knowledge Graph, right? In short, it’s a system that was launched back in May of 2012 that is able to understand facts about people, places and things and how all of these things are connected. The Knowledge Graph has been put into place to help Google improve its search relevancy, as well as to present Knowledge Graph boxes at times in search results.
Google is know going to take this ones step further by creating a successor to the Knowledge Graph that will be called the Knowledge Vault. The Knowledge Vault is said to be the “largest store of knowledge in human history,” and is being assembled from content found across the internet without the involvement of humans. “Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it,” says New Scientist.
This almost sounds like a Terminator type of thing doesn’t it? Let’s hope this Knowledge Vault doesn’t become self-aware sometime after it’s complete.
At this point, about 1.6 billion “facts” have been assembled by Google, and have been scored according to how accurate they are. Out of all the information collected so far, about 16 percent of it has been qualified as “confidence facts.”
In the end, the point behind this this new Knowledge Vault is the information provided by it could be used a many different ways and contexts, especially in the eyes of mobile. This vast amount of information could be used as a basis for future artificial intelligence application, predictive models, virtual assistants, among other things.
Here is an example provided by New Scientist from their piece on the new Knowledge Vault:
“Other agents will carry out the same process to watch over and guide our health, sorting through a knowledge base of medical symptoms to find correlations with data in each person’s health records. IBM’s Watson is already doing this for cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York.”