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Since opening up last July, Google's Wikipedia competitor Knol has attracted more than 100,000 entries. While that's an impressive number, it's well and truly dwarfed by Wikipedia's 2.7 million English-language articles. And while Knol's "moderated edits" model might mean that there are fewer visible edit wars, there are still plenty of unsourced, rambling and opinionated articles which wouldn't survive five minutes at Wikipedia (check out superman of calculated happiness for just one example).

100,000th Knol published

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Google's recently launched Wikipedia competitor Knol has just updated its search functionality (yeah, you'd think that's one area Google would have covered off right from the start). While the full set of Google keywords isn't yet supported, you can now do searches for exact phrases and OR options, select which parts of a given article to search through, and sort results on a variety of parameters.

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Following a restricted beta which began last December, Google has made its Wikipedia competitor Knol open for general use. While Knol borrows the general concept of "anyone can contribute" common to most wiki projects, it has a slight twist, as Google's software engineers explain:

With Knol, we are introducing a new method for authors to work together that we call "moderated collaboration." With this feature, any reader can make suggested edits to a knol which the author may then choose to accept, reject, or modify before these contributions become visible to the public. This allows authors to accept suggestions from everyone in the world while remaining in control of their content. After all, their name is associated with it!

Knol is free to use, requires a Google account to sign in.