Google going where no search engine has gone before

It will be a future of speech recognition, language understanding, touch technology and computer advances

New Delhi

GOOGLE search guru Amit Singhal believes the search-engine of the future will be "a perfect personal assistant" - knowing what you want, when you want it.

Although people can travel to the moon's surface without leaving their armchairs, search-engine developments so far are just "baby steps" to "the holy grail of search", Mr Singhal told AFP in a rare interview.

Mr Singhal, 44, has already brought transformational change to the Internet since he took over development of Google's search engine in 2000, when the Web was still relatively limited and access achingly slow.

The "Google fellow" - the title the California company bestows on its top thinkers - sees a world of "knowledge on demand"...

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