Massimo Marchiori, an associate professor at Padua University, who contributed to the development of Google's search algorithm "PageRank concept" is preparing to launch his own challenge to the dominant search engine before the end of the year.
In his interview with Corriere della Sera, Marchiori said Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had always acknowledged his contribution to the Google formula and he had no regrets that he had not participated in their astonishing commercial adventure. It was Marchiori's HyperSearch concept, presented at a 1996 conference, that sparked the idea for PageRank as we now think of it.
Volunia, an Italy-based search engine, is preparing for its early beta stages. The website in current state when visited allows visitors to sign up for a chance to become "power users," who will test the beta version of the search engine, which is to be launched in twelve languages.
Volunia promises to be a "radical new view" of search, and is being spearheaded by famed technology thinker Massimo Marchiori, PC World reported.
In the video embedded below, he explains: "It's not just Google plus 10 percent. It's a different perspective. It's a new radical view of what a search engine of the future could be."
Marchiori said the basic idea was simple and radically different from the current approach of the major search engines. "If Google uses a club, we will work with a fencer's foil. The difference of our search engine is what will enable us to emerge. And because Volunia will be really useful to people."
Volunia's servers will be based in Sardinia and provided by Tiscali, but Tiscali founder Renato Soru is not an investor, Pireddu said.
"We have sufficient funds to finance the early stages of the venture. It's premature to talk about the possible entry of new investors," he said.