Natural language processing–designing computer systems that understand human language– has proven a tough nut to crack. Yesterday a TechCrunch UK post covered the beta launch of True Knowledge, a UK startup offering a natural language search engine. They join competitors like Powerset, which has yet to launch but is apparently tackling the same problem. It’ll be interesting to see if these go anywhere, or become the next Ask Jeeves.
True Knowledge has a good demo video explaining their technology. The most interesting part of which is hearing a British voice pronounce the word “beta.” It comes out sounding like beet-ah. Is that how it’s actually pronounced over there, or is that just a quirk of the guy talking? Team Wordie, UK division, please report.