Saturday, February 17, 2007

PARC to build NLP Search Engine

The Palo Alto Research Center (of Xerox fame) has licensed its sophisticated natural language processing technology to a start-up hoping to develop an NLP-powered search engine.

The start-up, called Powerset, intends to create a system where users search for data by entering plain-language queries, rather than using keywords. Similar efforts have been launched by MIT and others to solve the problems of automated response generation. With decades of research and significant resources behind them, Powerset hopes to foster the third generation of search engines, following in the footsteps of AltaVista and Google.

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