Powerset is — or will be in September — among other things a natural language search engine. Relying on Xerox Parc’s natural language technology, over $12 million in financing and a staff of more than 40, Powerset hopes to beat the odds that have downed just about every single challenger to Google after the intitial flurry of interest — “the dead cat bounce.” (Parc has reproduced a NY Times piece on Powerset on its site.)
Powerset also plans to rely on community involvement to both train the engine and develop a sustained buzz.
You can also apply for an invitation to become an early Powerset tester.
I’m probably wrong, but this one feels like it might go a mile or two.