Watson : Computer, don't just sit there. Search.

July 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Internet, Mapping, Programming | 3 Comments »

Intellext‘s Watson runs silently runs and retrieves searches based on an analysis of what your doing at the time. Imagine typing a paper and having your research assistant constantly looking over your shoulder to go find more information on whatever topics come across in your discourse. That’s Watson. [download Watson 2.0 beta]

via The Boston Globe

3 Comments on “Watson : Computer, don't just sit there. Search.”

  1. 1 Ian said at 12:37 am on July 28th, 2005:

    Yes, I love the idea of a background process constantly urlencoding keywords from my current document and sending them out for the world to see. Massive security issues with this.

  2. 2 Godly Musings » Watson: research assistant software said at 2:11 pm on July 28th, 2005:

    […] OMG this is so cool. I think I’m going to soil myself. I haven’t even read the actual article yet — I think I ought to change into my rubber underwear before I do. *shiver* […]

  3. 3 Jay Budzik said at 9:53 pm on September 3rd, 2005:

    Ian, I wanted to respond to the security issue you raised. From the brief description in the article, it might seem like if you install Watson, you will have no choices and no options and everything you work on will be sent over the Internet, raising security concerns. This may be true for some of our competitors but this is not true with Watson.

    First, Watson does not send your documents over the Internet. Like you say, it sends only queries built based on the documents you are viewing. So for example, based on this page, Watson might form a query like “watson search computer sit” These queries most likely will not contain any sensitive information. Even if they do, most users query search engines without regard to the security issues inherent there — queries to search engines that users type are also transmitted over the internet.

    Second, Watson will only find information for you when it’s open. So you’re always in control of whether it’s building queries from the documents you’re editing. It’s easy to close Watson when you start working on a sensitive topic, and open Watson up again when you’re doing less sensitive work.

    Third, Watson doesn’t ever send any of the queries it builds to us — we don’t know anything about the contents of the documents you are viewing. The queries Watson builds are sent only to the information sources you choose. The sources Watson queries are totally configurable by you. If you trust MSN but don’t trust Google, you can configure Watson to search only MSN. You can also configure Watson to search just your desktop or file shares indexed by a desktop search tool like MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search. Then no data will ever leave your PC, even if you keep Watson running all the time.

    Finally, businesses that configure Watson for internal use have the option of configuring Watson to only search internal information sources, like the corporate intranet so that nothing ever leaves the corporate network because of Watson.

    Give Watson a try and see what you think — http://www.intellext.com/

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