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Searching Without Searches Is The Future Says Google Fellow

At an event held at Google HQ in London, Amit Singhal, one of the four Google Fellows worldwide, hinted at what comes next in the convoluted world of online search from the biggest search engine around.

Singhal is one of the most senior engineers at Google, having been with the company for more than a decade and worked closely with Gerard Salton, widely regarded as the "father of digital search".

Most importantly, Amit is the head of Google's ranking team, the equivalent of the head chemist who knows the secret recipe of Coca Cola (or KFC succulent chicken).

The slide below shows what he considers to be his next big dream; "searching without searches" and we were quick to point out that Google seems to be very much focused on mobile computing.

Indeed while most of the presentation yesterday was carried out on Powerpoint, the real case examples like voice recognition or Google Goggles were done on the company's Nexus One smartphone.

Singhal added said that Google sees mobile and cloud computing as a critical part of its own future, bringing search whenever and wherever the user wants to have it.

As for "Searching without searches", he declined to label it as "predictive search" although the example that he put forward, that of a smart search engine that pre-orders a device for the wife by combining data it already knows is all about prediction.

Ironically, earlier this year, popular geek website Sitepoint wrote an April fool story about Google implementing (opens in new tab) "Predictive Searching".

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.