People who used the internet in its infancy will remember that it’s not always been as easy to find what you’re looking for as it is today. This is partly because the web was not as large a resource, but it was also because we were still learning how to index it.
Cast your mind back to Ask Jeeves, which actually invited users to ask questions in the same way as you would a human being, except you were targeting them at a computerised cartoon butler. The only problem was that Jeeves was, by and large, a bit of a divvy. He didn’t understand basic questions, and would just drag up anything vaguely related to the words you entered. He was programmed to be able to answer a selection of specific questions, but overall he was (more…)