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The Is Kozoru now banned by Google? Oh wait, there is history here.
There was an article in July 2004 in the Johnson County Sun
that doesn’t exactly raise my confidence in Kozoru or its technology. Some excerpts:
The fundamental paradox, as Flowers puts it, is that computers are really good with math but really bad with language. Flowers struggled with this dilemma through a stint working for Microsoft
“Then I gave up, frankly. January 2003, I said the heck with it. Technology was no longer interesting to me, and the really hard problem that I wanted to solve is unsolvable,” Flowers said.
Flowers, who holds degrees in English and philosophy, spent the next few months writing books and screenplays … In February of this year, Flowers came up with an answer and came back to the states to put it to work.
After translating more than 980,000 words in the English language into codes of ones and zeroes, Kozoru’s first objective will be to establish a knowledge base. To do this they will first turn to the most objective source for language information, the dictionary. After establishing that system, they will incorporate the most objective source for historical information, the encyclopedia.
Flowers said he hopes to have the initial Kozoru prototype developed in the next nine to 12 months.
Kozoru simply parses google results? I am disappointed. It looks to me like JSF is kinda losing it.. seems like a smart crew down there, I look forward to trying it for myself.
hmm, the natural language interface was what made me doubt kozoru’s chance to succeed. i just learned about all this drama and now i am pretty certain thst kozoru will be the thing that never was.
The hype by the Kozoru team (website blog, claims, etc) has set expectations pretty high.
all things considered, i just have played with this one, and it actually is quite good. i shall leave it at that.
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