In all the noise and blogoshere hysteria last week regarding the Cuil launch, news from another startup search company across the pond was nearly overlooked. True Knowledge announced a second round of funding and appears to be a strong example of the future of search that I have been going on about for more than a year.
It does not describe itself as a search engine, but instead an answer engine. True Knowledge utilizes natural language or semantic processing to understand the meaning behind the words in a query versus simply identifying keywords. Unlike Powerset whose focus is only on applying semantic processing to parse information on the internet, True Knowledge is also building its own database that provides exact answers to user questions.
Currently in private beta, It is reported that True Knowledge will publicly launch in the first half of 2009. While it has a long way to go and many competitors, this is the future. I do not directly endorse True Knowledge and have not been invited to test it out, but it is yet another example demonstrating that a better more useful search is close at hand. The below video from True Knowledge provides a strong overview in what the company is trying to build and the technology it is using to get there:
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