Google enters r/t research market

Jeff Barr jeff@vertexdev.com
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();
  a.Assimilate(HugeAmountsOfInformation);

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

Jeff;

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rohit Khare" <Rohit@knownow.com>
To: <FoRK@xent.com>; "Adam Rifkin" <adam@knownow.com>
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
> >  https://answers.google.com/
> >
> >  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
> 
> 
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