Sunday, January 22, 2006

Elementary, my dear Watson!

Here is a new cool tool alert from the good folks over at Intellext - Watson. To quote from ther website... "(Watson) transcends the boundaries of contemporary search and information access. The product of research conducted by Intellext co-founders Dr. Jay Budzik and Dr. Kristian Hammond at Northwestern University, Watson removes the burden of search from the shoulders of computer users. By reading and understanding what people are working on, and using that knowledge to proactively find and deliver relevant information to the user, Watson is able to find information the user didn't know existed - in places they otherwise might not have looked. Which we think is pretty sweet. Our users think so, too." Well, it certainly sounds good, but what (and how) does it do what it do? In a nutshell, Watson is a proactive search technology that looks at the context of what you’re working on and then searches the Internet looking at news sites, blogs, web sites, shopping sites and your desktop.

For the curious, here are a few screenshots on Watson in action.

Interesting concept!

Digability rating: One to watch

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