Comments on: The future of search only cost $30 million http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: m.domanski http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443355 Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:04:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443355 Mr. Abell, you are very far from the concept of Semantic Web. Core of idea known as Semantic Web is providing data in format that machines can process, with rules and connections to meanings. Website today may contain word “history” but that doesn’t mean it’s about history. Semantic Web would be a state where I could “ask” the page about it’s content. Technology licenced to Summly by SRI is not that.

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By: csamuelsson http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443350 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:37:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443350 I worked for Summly.com, psycho-kid’s startup. They fired me and screwed me out of a third of my pay, since I missed a day of work while traveling to Sweden to care for my mother, who had just had a serious spinal injury.
There is an explicit clause in my contract banning me from stating that there is no innovation behind the company’s IP. The kid is a sociopath, that I am allowed to say. (They recently tried to force me to sign an agreement preventing me also from this. They offered me £50 to do so.) Brat Wonder would email everyone in the middle of the night to complain about minor bugs. In his world, all bugs are of the highest priority: ELE (extinction-level event).
The CTO kept talking to lampposts. Mostly about his . He wasn’t entirely incompetent, though, albeit a choleric Ukrainian. The CEO on the other hand, is a blockheaded bully, standard US issue, who is perpetually ‘confused’. The CSO actually understood what I said. Unfortunately, he’s a cowardly Indian, who dared not stand up to the troika.
Most of the tasks assigned to me could have been carried out by a drunken baboon. One or two might have required a sober chimp. I would say things like “This filter is pointless: the posterior equals the prior.” Blank stares from all save the Indian. “Just port it to all other languages,” would say the bully.
I did learn a new programming paradigm, though:
val = obj.field ;

if (obj == null) { … }

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By: IgorYashkov http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443345 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:23:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443345 How can Summly be compared to WATSON when the only thing it can do is choose 2-4 most informative sentences from an English text? The algorithm can be implemented by any smart student with knowledge of NLP in less than a week an it shares no similarity with what’s behind WATSON.
Summly cannot ANSWER or INTERPRETATE questions, it just trims an article. It’s nothing, really.

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By: aambupe1 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443344 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:38:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443344 I am not sure if intelligent computers or search engines will actually help users. Although it seems that intelligent search engine that understands what I am looking for might be a good idea; but that can be annoying many times. Google’s auto complete feature of search phrases annoys me many times.

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By: JGillespie http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443341 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:43:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443341 What’s “Netscape”? 😉

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By: Coatl http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443340 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:50:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443340 I dont think so:

http://hackingdistributed.com/2013/03/26  /summly/

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By: EvanBradley http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443339 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:18:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443339 John, love the wild speculation…time will tell, indexing, summarizing, snippeting, its all in a days work for search. I think your are right, the product may eventually get indexed and distill all the summarized with some Hadoop magic to trend over time.

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By: Geo_T http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443338 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:29:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443338 Very astute. Right time to buy YHOO?

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By: dyp http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2013/03/27/the-future-of-search-only-cost-30-million/#comment-443335 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:14:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=36445#comment-443335 One still has to question what Y! Got for $30M. Summation technology was something licensed which Y! Can easily do themselves. Perhaps the $30M gets you lots of PR and a false sense of how cool you are (or used to be).

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