Meet Consensus: A Search Engine Tool That Uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) To Instantly Extract, And Aggregate Findings Directly From Scientific Research

Scientific research is the most significant and insightful data source ever. However, the people currently producing this information are its current customers. Consensus claims to be a search engine that rapidly aggregates and distills insights from scientific research using AI to make the world more informed. For example, have you ever wondered what the data reveal? Consensus can immediately read through millions of research papers and provide you with the answers to any inquiry you may have. Consensus claims to make you an expert on the research in seconds, covering topics like diet, exercise, and economic policy.

Furthermore, the company claims the following advantages of using its product:

  • Scientifically-Verified Results

Only published, peer-reviewed materials are used in their AI searches. Four hundred million academic papers from some of the most well-known journals and researchers are available through Consensus, as claimed by the company.

  • Quick Analysis

One can spend less time skimming through articles by having AI do the most for you! According to the company, the most pertinent information about the question is extracted by Consensus and then surfaced.

Completely Ad-Free

Consensus claims that it shall never contain advertisements, giving them every reason to provide consumers with accurate information.

The Co-Founder of Consensus, Eric Olson, has also listed down particular do’s and don’ts for the website that can come in handy for the user:


Ask questions about subjects that have probably been studied.

Does zinc aid in the treatment of depression?

Economics: “How does immigration affect the economy?”

Intergroup contact: Does it lessen prejudice?


However, asking inquiries such as, “When is the next leap year?” is inappropriate.


Ask straightforward, direct research questions like, “Are covid-19 vaccinations effective?”


Asking particular, esoteric research queries is not a good idea. For example, “What should I do to prevent my Bernese mountain dog puppy from developing hip dysplasia?”


Enter queries like “Direct cash transfers and poverty” to find the connections between the two ideas.

Moreover, the website also requires the user to have an account in order to search, and two reasons have been stated for the same:

1. Security – this makes it simpler to thwart hackers.

2. Improving the product: If people continue to use it weekly, the company can know that it satisfies their demands and solves their problems.

The website has also requested that users exercise wisdom and caution while reviewing the results of this search engine, given that it is still in its earliest stages.Β 

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Amreen Bawa is a consulting intern at MarktechPost. Along with pursuing BA Hons in Social Sciences from Panjab University, Chandigarh, she is also a keen learner and writer, having special interest in the application and scope of artificial intelligence in various facets of life.

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