In the rush to hype AI, it’s easy to forget about web search

Microsoft keeps rolling out new features in Bing that it claims make it superior to, or at least more interesting, than Google’s dominant search engine. They’re not the sexiest applications of artificial intelligence, but they are easy, practical and tied to big money.

No Henry, you need to get real about Yahoo. Here are the facts

Yahoo’s stock has been on a tear and its chief executive has graced the cover of BusinessWeek and the pages of Vogue. Its product re-launches have gotten Bieberesque attention. Yahoo loyalists are celebrating. I think they are wrong; here is why.

Siri, where did my mobile ad revenues go?

Are Google, Yelp and Facebook scared of Siri? If they aren’t they should be, as should any mobile website, service or app that depends on advertising. Siri is the first user interface that shifts our attention away from our phones’ screens, but it won’t be the last.

Want to boost the economy? Just Google something.

Want to help stimulate the economy? You may not need to go any further than your web browser’s search box. Each online search engine adds about 50 cents to the worldwide economy, according to a new research report from consultancy giant McKinsey & Company.

Powerset vs. Cognition: A Semantic Search Shoot-out

While Powerset unquestionably has some interesting and valuable semantic search technology, there are other semantic search engines that produce equally meaningful and relevant results.
In this post, we compare Powerset results with those of a demo implementation from one such search engine, Cognition Technologies. And we compare them both with the current gold standard in web search, Google.