Suggestion by Smunsenka on 2008-02-02 00:57:58
This is a good start of the topic. It would be helpful to have some more history of this area since it goes back several decades. Additionally, there are a fair number of internet search companies that are either exclusively focused on this technology (e.g. AskJeeves.com), and firms such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and a slew of others, that feel that this is the next "frontier" in the search game.
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AskJeeves was never really an NLP company. When they started they had people answering questions and since IAC bought them out it's turned more into a regular algorithm based web search engine like Google. It's true that MS, Yahoo and Google have hinted at NLP making a major impact but they haven't really done anything in the space. Powerset has been getting a lot of buzz about it's NLP technology but all that's been made public is a lot of buzz as this Feb 2007 article from Tech Crunch explains: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/02/12/powerhype-at-powerset/. NLP seems like a natural progression of the web and will have a major impact in the future but AskMeNow is one of the only companies that I've seen that have something to show. It's not great but it's a start. MrMirz 18:01, February 1, 2008 (PST)