Massimo Marchiori is an Italian mathematician who played in big role in what Google currently uses as their page rank system. Back in 1996 he presented his Hyper Search algorithm at a conference that was attended by Larry Page and well, the rest is history, until now. Marchiori has plans to create his own search engine that is not intended to be "better" than Google but "different" and really useful to people.
If you have received an e-mail from Volunia with an offer to become a "power user" and participate in some preliminary testing then you would know because the video linked in the e-mail consists of Marchiori sitting on a park bench with a magical white board that seems to have something in common with Ghost Writer. He's not able to give away much information but he is able to say that this is something new, exciting and different.
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.
Check out the video for yourself after the break.
While Marchiori has not been involved with the Google business, in an interview with Corriere della Sera he does mention that this is in no way a vendetta against Google and that Sergey Brin and Larry Page had always given him proper credit for his contributions. He is however trying to keep some information under-wraps and refused to tell Corriere della Sera any specifics for fear that Google will beat him to the punch.
For the moment I can't say any more, I'm really sorry... The fact is that an enterprise like Google, to give an example, would have no difficulty in setting 100 engineers to work day and night on our idea and in coming out before us.
Maybe he's on to something here. I guess only time will tell but I do know that I'll be participating.