To me, anything that can beat Google is worth acquiring – or even anything that gives anyone the idea that it might legitimately beat Google, is something worth taking a look at – and it looks like Powerset, which I’ve never actually demo’d – can do something that Google can’t according to TechCrunch – Powerset’s Dilemma: Go For It, Or Sell
For now, Powerset will query only Wikipedia and Freebase. But as I said when the product was demo’d to me a few weeks ago, it is compelling nonetheless: “When I tested the service I had something very similar to the “Aha!” feeling that ran through me the first time I ever used Google. In short, it is an evolutionary, and possibly revolutionary, step forward in search.”
I’d love something to come out that gives Google pause – no doubt, if Google thinks Powerset is all that good – they’ll buy it – I doubt they’d let Microsoft have it.
There’s not much more I can say about Powerset because I haven’t seen it myself – and I won’t write details about something I don’t know anything about – but I trust Michael Arrington – if he thinks Powerset is “that good” the I say – let’s give Google a run for the money.