Monday, February 13, 2006

Thinking outside the search box

There's an interesting article in BusinessWeek entitled "A Search Engine For Every Subject - Google and Yahoo rule, but a flock of upstarts is offering new ways to find info", which talks about how venture capitalists are betting on a whole new flock of search engines, to the tune of $263 million on 47 new ventures. Even one of the backers of Google is betting on some of the newcomers.

Hmmm... maybe I need to refocus some of my energy and recast some of my ideas in a "search engine" metaphor.

Actually, my new white paper, "The Consumer-Centric Knowledge Web - A Vision of Consumer Applications of Software Agent Technology - Enabling Consumer-Centric Knowledge-Based Computing" does offer an intriguing alternative to current search methods, but unfortunately it's a research vision roadmap rather than a concrete plan for using COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) technologies.

-- Jack Krupansky


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