NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Competition in the search engine space is heating up.
There's also a lot more interest today in searches of the "semantic web," with natural language queries, such as Google's new Hummingbird algorithm. The idea is to make searching for something online as natural as asking the question, and spoken interfaces like Apple's (AAPL) Siri make that kind of search more common.
But the search engine story the media is talking about is the Defense Advanced Research Project Administration's (DARPA) Memex project, which aims to index and search The Onioni Router, or .tor, the anonymous Web service originally created by the U.S. Naval Research Department.
As an indication of its determination to complete the project the agency, which funded development of what became the Internet in the 1970s, wrote in its release that its first aim is to fight human trafficking, something everyone is against.
The move is coming just as mainline search engines, including Google, work to make the Web more private, through the use of encryption.