Tel-Aviv University - Computer Science Colloquium

Sunday, May 7, 2006, 11:15-12:15

Room 309
Schreiber Building


Oren Etzioni

U. of Washington

Title: All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Google


Abstract:  For the last quarter century (measured in person years), the

KnowItAll project has focused on accumulating massive amounts of

information from the Web by utilizing domain-independent, fully

automated techniques. If successful, this effort has the potential to

address the long-standing "Knowledge Acquisition Bottleneck" in

Artificial Intelligence, and enable a new generation of search engines

that extract and synthesize information from text to answer complex user

queries. This talk will describe the evolution of the KnowItAll family

of systems (or is it Intelligent Design?) culminating in TextRunner---a

program that has extracted over 1,000,000,000 "facts" from the Web

without breaking a sweat.