Goodbye, Answer Man — Hello, Alexa

“In the data and information space irony sometimes lands on our doorsteps. Take, for example, Outsell’s Information Industry Headlines from March 8: Answers filed for bankruptcy while Alexa joined hands with WebMD to offer medical advice. I remember when Answers was a shiny new object in the dot-com era — ask a question, get an answer. I mean, how simple is that? They were curated answers, and humans might have been involved, how quaint. Fast forward nearly two decades and two headlines on opposing axes about companies providing similar services appeared on the same day. ”

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