Forget the search engine, we’ve set up the ANSWER engine, say scientists
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:51 AM on 14th February 2011
Computer wizards say they have used cutting-edge technology to create a clever website.
The 'trueknowledge.com' site is an internet 'answer engine' which breaks new ground by giving direct answers to direct questions, according to creators.
Co-founder William Tunstall-Pedoe, who is based in Cambridge, says the website is a 'phone-a-friend' on the internet which can answer 'trillions' of questions.
Ask a question: The trueknowledge.com site aims to be able to answer all users' questions, from the wierd and wonderful to the scientific
'What's new is that it is a website which answers the question,' said Mr Tunstall-Pedoe.
'It doesn't give you references to articles mentioning the words in the question. It gives you the answer. Ask it when Bob Dylan's birthday is and it will simply tell you. And it if doesn't know the answer it will say it doesn't know.
'It doesn't know everything but as we input more information it will know more and more.'
He added: 'It's cutting-edge use of computers. It uses unique semantic technology which has been many years in development.
'It understands user questions, represents knowledge in a way that the system can understand and process and can combine existing knowledge to infer new facts and answer questions it has never seen before.
'Powering the platform is also a database of facts: a unified representation of the world's knowledge containing factual, common sense and lexical knowledge.
'We can already answer trillions of questions and as this
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