14th April 2009
CAMBRIDGE, U.K. True Knowledge (www.trueknowledge.com), a search company pioneering a new approach to natural language search, today announces the launch of the True Knowledge Application Platform. Developers looking for semantic search capabilities can now utilize True Knowledge’s natural language query processing functionality in third-party applications and web sites to provide accurate and direct answers to end users.
True Knowledge offers two distinct API services for developers: the “Direct Answer API” and the “Query API”. The Direct Answer API allows developers to leverage True Knowledge’s natural language question answering technology, giving any search site or application the ability to provide a single direct answer for questions asked on any subject in plain English. This is especially well suited to mobile applications where providing a lengthy list of search results may be impractical.
The Query API allows developers to bypass True Knowledge’s natural language translation system and directly query True Knowledge’s knowledge base using a simple query language. This allows automated systems such as web and mobile applications to tap into True Knowledge’s vast machine-understandable knowledge of the world, making them behave more intelligently.
“True Knowledge is building one of the most exciting things on the internet” said William Tunstall-Pedoe, founder and CEO of True Knowledge, “Our platform models the world in a way that is readily understandable by computers so that even questions that have never been asked before can be understood and answered. We are delighted to be making this technology available to a broader community”.
True Knowledge is able to answer questions asked in plain English because of its unique approach to structured and lexical knowledge. By using an ever-growing database of more than 130 million facts about more than 4.5 million objects, classes, attributes and relations, True Knowledge is able to infer trillions of additional facts and provide direct, perfect responses to questions. True Knowledge also reliably knows when it does not understand or cannot answer a question. In situations like these, True Knowledge enables the partnering application or site to provide an alternative response, such as its native set of search results.
Both API services allow HTTP requests and provide responses in XML. More details and a free API account can be obtained at http://www.trueknowledge.com/developer.
About True Knowledge
Based in Cambridge, U.K., True Knowledge wants users to be able to ask any question at all, phrased in any manner and get the correct answer immediately. True Knowledge was founded in August 2005 and is backed by Octopus Ventures and angel investors. For more information about True Knowledge, please visit http://www.trueknowledge.com/.