I just came back from our semantic web SIG event- another exciting session on cool technology and potential killer application. This time, it’s the “old” NLP, natural language processing. Barney Pell, CEO of Powerset gave an overview on how NLP is solving the chicken and egg problem facing the semantic web. Powerset’s CSO Ron Kaplan then showed what their not-yet released search engine can do. I’m very impressed by their ambitious plan to build deep semantic index of public web pages. What’s more exciting to me, according to Barney, is that they may make their semantic data available to developers. That will enable developers to explore the power of semantic web.
In addition, Rion Snow from Stanford University presented his Ph.D. work on expanding WordNet by NLP trick.
It seems to me search engine may be the vehicle that can deliver mass audience to NLP technology