World's Poor To Get Own Search Engine

from the different-Googles-for-different-folks dept

The folks at MIT sure have been busy with search technology lately. The latest project coming out of MIT is a special slowed down search engine designed for poor countries. The idea is that many of these places don’t have very regular internet access – and the access they do have is slow. This makes it difficult to use a search engine. So, what this special search engine takes an email query, finds the results, chooses which ones are most relevant, puts them all in an email message, and mails it back the next day. This way, both the search and the going through the contents can be done entirely offline (with a bit of a delay) – assuming there were temporary connections at some point to send out the query and to download the results. Sounds like an interesting, if limited, application.

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