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Google CEO predicts automatic search in near future

The new system would tell users things they did not know, but are probably interested in.

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt has announced "automatic search" as the future of search technology.

Delivering a keynote address at the IFA conference in Berlin, he spoke about a scenario where people would be walking down the street in a city, with their mobile devices conducting searches automatically. Alerts asking "Did you know this? Did you know that?" will keep popping up, he said.

The next stage of search is a system that will tell users things they did not know, but are probably interested in, Schmidt predicted.

One in three search queries from mobile phones is related to things or places in the user's immediate vicinity, he informed. Google is working on getting closer to "what you really mean" for a particular search.

The chief executive referred to this as "augmented humanity" - a time when computers will work for people and help them do things they really want to.

With such technology in the near future, users will never forget anything, will never be lost, and will never be lonely or bored, said Schmidt.