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How good will the next Microsoft search engine be?

During my stay in Silicon Valley I had the chance to chat with Steve Newcomb, the founder of Powerset. As he explained Powerset is a search engine that is based on linguistics and AI. During its development they gathered the top AI people to build a tool that would deliver better results than Google.

Steve said that the first prototype of Powerset returned more accurate results than Google. And shortly after that, on August 1st, 2008 Microsoft acquired them. When I asked Steve whether their technology is already used in Live Search or somewhere else he said he is not authorized to say anything about this.

It is commonly spread news that MS is testing a new search engine codenamed Kumo. My guess is that the core of Powerset will be integrated in this new engine in Kumo (if not renamed until launch). It will be exciting to see.

First trip to Silicon Valley

In summer 2008 me and three friends representing Hungary as team DigitalMania took part in the Microsoft Imagine Cup competiton in the software design category – one of the largest student technology competitons in the world. The task was to design an implement a solution regarding an environmental issue. We focused on the water problem and created the prototype of a system that aimed to reduce water used for irrigation by taking account various factors such as soil moisture, weather forecasts and custom user defined rules. We used custom hardware (controlling the pipes) and .NET, ASP.NET and Silverlight to for the user interface while developing the solution.

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To test how the system would work in real life we first constructed a mathematical simulation and – after we’ve calculated that savings would be 10-15% even to the soil mositure monitoring system and far more for automatic systems we built a simulation table to monitor and demonstrate the same think in a micro environment.

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Brief intro

I’m reading numerous blogs, sometimes commenting on them as well but only now have I decided to start one myself. Topics will be basically everything connected mostly with software and a little bit with me.

3… 2… 1… go!

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