Any serious researcher knows Google is capable of delivering pretty limited results on a subject.
Nothing compares to using well known libraries to obtain the proper information.
Google will have to license the archives of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week and many other serious publications to deliver a good product for scholars.
As an example, I didn't know the source of evil was already involved in natural language technology long before Google was conceived.
The following document wasn't retrieved by Google. It was obtained via a well-known New York library.
Microsoft increases ownership in NLI
December 3, 1990
BELLEVUE, Wash.-- Microsoft Corp. and Natural Language Inc. (NLI) Monday announced that Microsoft has increased its ownership in and participation with NLI.
Specifically, Microsoft has invested $1 million in the private company, bringing its total ownership to over 10 percent. Microsoft and NLI also announced today that they are actively working to investigate the use of natural language technology in future versions of Microsoft's products.
NLI is the leading vendor of natural language technology. Microsoft has been an investor in Natural Language since June 1987. At that time, the companies signed a product licensing agreement granting Microsoft's rights to integrate NLI technology with Microsoft products. Today's announcement strengthens the commitment between the two companies.
William H. Gates, Microsoft chairman, commented, ``Microsoft's goal is to continue enhancing functionality of its user interfaces to serve a broader group of people. We believe that natural language access is an important component of our vision of providing `information at your fingertips.' We have always recognized NLI as having the best natural language technology.''
Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft's vice president of advanced technology and business development, added, ``We have spent the last five years establishing graphical user interfaces as the standard computing metaphor. We now intend to extend that metaphor by incorporating new technologies, including natural language.''
Tania Amochaev, NLI president and chief executive officer, commented, ``Microsoft's increased participation is a recognition not only of the importance of natural language access, but also that our technology delivers practical benefits to end-users. Microsoft's systems software provides an ideal platform to deliver the benefits of natural language to a broader base.''
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) develops, markets and supports a wide range of software for business and professional use, including operating systems, language and application programs, as well as books, hardware and CD-ROM products for the microcomputer marketplace.
NLI develops and markets database tools, based on proprietary natural language technology, that enables end-users to access relational database management systems in English.
NLI's family of natural language products support all major relational database management systems, including SYBASE, Oracle, Ingres, Informix, and Rdb. They run on all major UNIX computers and VAX/VMS and RISC/ULTRIX computers from Digital Equipment Corp.
NLI currently has more than 100 Fortune 1000 customers in industries including financial and information services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and telecommunications.
The company distributes its products through a direct sales force. It also offers consulting services to assist in training as well as application prototyping and development.
NLI employs 60 people at its headquarters in Berkeley, Calif., and five regional sales offices.
Founded in 1984, NLI has raised $12.2 million in equity financing, including the investment announced today. Other investors include: Brentwood Associates, Asset Management Associates, Norwest Venture Capital, EG&G Venture Partners, Glenwood Investment Ventures, Bryan & Edwards, and Stanford University.
CONTACT: Natural Language Inc. Amy Romanoff, 415/841-3500
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