April 1, News.com.au

A NEW Google program powered by artificial intelligence allows internet users to search web pages 24 hours before they're created, the company said today.

Google Australia said the new beta search technology which drives the gDay search feature can accurately predict future internet content – and even future events.

The gDay technology – developed in the company's Sydney engineering centre – uses machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques from a system called MATE, or Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation.

The feature then creates a sophisticated model of what the internet will look like 24 hours from a given point by using the company's index of historic, cached web content and a combination of recurrence plots and "fuzzy measure" analysis.

By accessing web pages before they're actually created, users can view information from the future – including news events, share price movements and sporting results.

"Google's Australian engineers have a history of major technological innovations, from Google Maps to Mapplets to Traffic for Google Maps," said Alan Noble, head of engineering for Google Australia & New Zealand.

"Giving humankind the ability to see 24 hours into the future is just a natural progression – of sorts," he said.

To rank future web pages in order of relevance, gDay uses a statistical extrapolation of a page’s PageRank, called SageRank.

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photo: Flash forward ... an example of how the gDay function searches 24 hours ahead / Supplied