Google enters r/t research market

Jeff Barr
Fri, 19 Apr 2002 17:01:01 -0700

Isn't this the same as "Miss Cleo", except over the internet, and
that the answers may have some factual basis?

Seriously, I think its a pretty cool abstraction -- essentially
putting an API on top of a bunch of people. Like back in the
old days when "calculator" was a job description, not a $5
chunk of plastic and silicon.

Just think, soon we will be able to write code like this:

  r = new Rohit();
  r.PostToFoRK("Google enters r/t research market");

  a = new Adam();

Other methods on the Rohit and Adam classes are left as
an exercise to the reader.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rohit Khare" <>
To: <>; "Adam Rifkin" <>
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 3:35 PM
Subject: Google enters r/t research market

> "... it's made of PEOPLE!!"
> Wow... you know, search is a small beachhead, but they keep on 
> expanding from there. A friend passed along:
> >  Google Answers
> >
> >
> >  Live Researchers answer your questions on any topic for a fee.
> Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the latest entry in the peer-to-peer 
> Usenet-for-money model. And this team has the best odds I'd lay down 
> on for winning the r/t research prize. Not least because they're not 
> wasting $10^8 on the experiment...
> Sally forth! There may be money for obsessive geeks at retail after all!
>    Rohit