Omnity is a new semantic search engine that focuses on searching the hidden and high-value interconnections between different fields of knowledge. While Omnity founder refuses to call his company a competitor of Google, he thinks it could buy Google.
new search engine is in town and it’s dreaming of buying Google, thanks to its confidence in its technology. Omnity has been in stealth mode for the past four years and it decided to come out in the open at CES 2016.
Just a couple of days ago, Omnity was announced as a “next-generation semantic search and discovery tool”. The company calls itself a fundamental advancement in discovering technology and enabling the people to discover hidden interconnection between fields like finance, law, science, engineering, and medicine.
How Omnity performs a search operation?
Omnity release post explains that the search engine allows a user to use the complete document as a search query and discover the connected documents based on the content inside the document. This way, it finds related documents even if they are not directly related to each other via links.
This search query drops the arbitrary keywords like “the,” “he,” “she,” or “it” and looks for interconnections on a massive scale efficiently. After this, Omnity is able to process the remaining “rare words” to perform the search.
“The Omnity product highlights several unusual features. For example, a single person reading and pair-wise interconnecting a 100,000 documents would take nearly 10,000 years. Omnity can perform this function in a fraction of a second, which represents a trillion-fold acceleration,” said Brain Sager, Omnity co-founder.
Sager wants to upend the basic idea of search just like Google performed the search in 1998 while looking for academic articles.
In one example, Sager searched for documents related to the news article headline “CEO Exits After Mutual Fund Implodes,” at which point Omnity pulled up related Wikipedia and NPR articles and a patent application that the company had filed. In another example, Omnity was asked to find more information about Ford becoming an information technology company. “If you wanted to find more information on this topic what would you look for?” asked Sager. “Keywords like Ford? Technology? Car? What would you get? Here, Omnity is able to analyze the words in that article to pull up further articles on topics like Ford’s progress with self-driving cars, its Palo Alto research lab, and a patent application.”
omnity works on the wiki and is not a free search engine.
What about Omnity vs Google?
“We don’t view ourselves as being complementary and not competitive with Google,” said Sager. When asked by Motherboard if this meant Omnity was looking to be acquired by Google, he mentioned something very surprising.
Read more about Omnity in their press release.