The Future of Search


‘The Future of Search

Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology is rapidly changing the way we search the web and obtain information. Apple’s Siri, a voice-operated “personal assistant”, is capable of answering a wide array of questions from both iPhone and iPad users. Google has their Google Glass product, a wearable computer that displays information instantly via natural language voice commands. It seems Yahoo now wants a piece of the action as well. Last week, Yahoo acquired SkyPhrase, a natural language processing company. According to news reports, SkyPhrase’s team will be joining Yahoo Labs in New York and will work on developing a natural language user interface for Yahoo products. This latest acquisition underscores Yahoo’s increasing focus on mobile, and supports the growing theory that the future of search appears to be NLP.

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