Google launched Google Instant in 2010 for saving its users time during search online. With Google Instant, users could get an automatic suggestion just as they type a search query, which Google claimed saved them two to five seconds per each search as there was no need to hit the “Enter” button in order to get the search results, but one can directly click on any of the matching suggestions to a query intended.
The idea is very interesting and useful. If taken into account a user’s search history, it could even be faster to generate search results for a query. This is something that Wolfram Alpha’s CEO, Stephen Wolfram also believes in. He wants the word ‘instant’ to have a literal meaning and application when it comes to search results generation. He is terming his concept as “preemptive delivery of information” and his data company is working toward it.
Wolfram has found in his own personal experience that his personal analytics online has outlined data that he keeps track of in his life. He wants to come up with a computational history that will work as a human memory for a user who does not has to recollect everything at the time it is needed. But rather, a user would be informed about anything he or she wants to know, especially something that a person has been through already searching online.
Wolfram Alpha’s computational search engine will deliver not just a list of links according to search queries, but would actually deliver complete reports about them. It is still to be seen what becomes of this idea.