British Mobile Phone Question-Answering System

Cavan writes "In Britain you can text any question from your mobile to AQA (Any Questions Answered) and it will be answered within 10 minutes for one pound (US$1.93). The system relies on a team of handpicked part-time researchers, supported by a database of previously answered questions. "The Independent" newspaper for March 17th, 2005, reports that the system, which has been oprerating night and day for ten months, answers 2,000 questions daily. Replies are limited to 153 characters.http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_techno logy/story.jsp?story=620741"

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As indicated here, AQA launched in April 2004 but was preceded by MojoKnows in Australia and Re5ult Ltd's 82ASK service in the UK. Australian library vendor Altarama offers one way for libraries to get into the game.