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March 31, 2005

The Future of Search Arrives: Introducing The Jeeves9000 (BETA)

At Ask Jeeves, we pride ourselves on creating search technologies that meet user needs.  We don't build products just because they're cool.  They have to be truly useful.  Today, however, we are proud to debut a product that is both cool and useful: the Jeeves9000 humanoid search robot.

The origin of the Jeeves9000 began with a detailed analysis of our query logs.  Every day, millions of searches are entered into the search box at Ask.com.  The most popular searches are fairly banal, such as "music lyrics" or "online dictionary".

On the other hand, we receive our fair share of searches, from people who seem to expect more of a search engine, such as "Where are my keys?"  We took it as a direct challenge.  We can leave no user need unsolved.

Thus, we are extremely proud to introduce the Jeeves9000 (click for video clip) to the world today.   We are happy to join in the long and glorious history of robots, including The Robot, Rosie the Robot, Johnny #5 and of course Mecha Godzilla.

Ask Jeeves research worked hard to ensure that our modern day robot met critical usability specifications, like the height required to operate light switches, door knobs, and garage door openers.  This innovation brings search to previously unimaginable levels of relevance, speed, and ease of use, even incorporating modern advances such as tagging.   After all, just like competition in the search space is tough, so is competition in the robot space.

Check out these additional video clips* to see the Jeeves9000 in action.

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*Requires QuickTime. For Media Player versions, please scroll to the bottom of the press release below this posting.

Still in beta, the Jeeves9000 does not yet index full PDF content or .INI files, though future models will offer these features.  Meanwhile, it has a *slight* aggressive streak, which we are in the process of ironing out.

The Jeeves9000 will initially retail for $399.99.  We will also introduce a free, ad-supported model, which will spontaneously offer product demonstrations on behalf of our sponsors.  To join the waitlist for either model, please email us at [email protected]
 
Watch this space for updates on our progress, including Jeeves9000 web services.

Scott Grieder and Michael Ferguson, AJ Product Management

P.S.  Next rev will increase integration (click for video clip) across all of our web properties.

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Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ask Jeeves Debuts Humanoid Robot, “Jeeves9000”

New Technology Creates High-Tech Personal Assistant

Oakland, CA April 1, 2005---Ask Jeeves today announced the launch of a the Jeeves 9000 humanoid search robot. This unprecedented innovation combines search and robotic technology to achieve an unprecedented human-like ability to perform everyday tasks and chores. JEEVES‘ unique capabilities were demonstrated at the Ask Jeeves Global Headquarters in Oakland, CA today.

“Ask Jeeves has taken up a new challenge in search services,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Ask Jeeves, Inc. “With this development of a robot that can connect with and intuitively serve user needs, Ask Jeeves is creating the future of search engines, a partner for people—a new kind of robot-assistant with a positive function in modern society.”

J.E.E.V.E.S. – which stands for Just Essentially Everyday Versions of E-Servants – is a further evolved version of the cutting-edge Ask Jeeves technology rendered in a people friendly size that performs tasks within the realm of a living environment. The range of search functionality has also been augmented via a new crawling technology that instantly tags, catalogs and classifies everything in your home.

Video Reference:

Jeeves9000 Unveiling: QuickTime | Media Player
Jeeves9000 at Work: QuickTime | Media Player
Jeeves9000 in the Home: QuickTime | Media Player
Jeeves9000 Features - Social Tagging: QuickTime | Media Player
Jeeves9000 Integration: QuickTime | Media Player

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Nice April Fools!! You had me for a second there. :)

Posted by: Susan | Mar 31, 2005 11:38:08 PM

Excellent! But does he come equipped with a flamer thrower and chainsaw for fighting the Googlebot?

Posted by: Search Gal | Apr 1, 2005 12:14:19 AM

I was like what the??? i was searchin and stuff...holiii molliiii i thought u were 4 real. i waS like DANGG>>>lol lol=--but yall weren't.lol lol good joke.. i was like why is that robot walkin weird..lol
im slowwwww lol lol lol

nice joke byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Posted by: shawty2deep | Apr 1, 2005 4:48:15 AM

Hilarious!

Posted by: Tunde Aroun | Apr 1, 2005 6:30:19 AM

I've got to tell you ... I really despise your new Jeeves logo.

Please go back to the old one a.s.a.p. It always made me think of the character of Jeeves in the P.G. Wodehouse books about Bertie and Jeeves.

The new one ... not so much.

Posted by: Allen Curry | Apr 1, 2005 9:26:39 AM

April Fools!

Posted by: GameCubeFan64 | Apr 1, 2005 1:45:08 PM

Where's the "Ask Jennifer" model?

Posted by: sharktanq | Apr 1, 2005 2:50:59 PM

i guess it's a good thing that this was an april fool's joke, 'cause as i watched the variety of jeeves 9000 clips, i thought, "hmmm. corporate headquarters for google is in oaktown. but not a single face, arm, or other body part that didn't belong to a white person."

it's been a while since i was last in oakland, living in germany as i do now (and there are actually people of colour there), but i do recall seeing coloured folks then. at least a few. and in different colours too, no less. i was in fact among them. guess things have changed. guess what they say about the digital divide is true. guess this kind of media presentation, april fool's aside, perpetuates and helps widen that divide. guess the inventors of jeeves definitely DON'T get it.

Posted by: paula | Apr 1, 2005 5:15:46 PM

i guess it's a good thing that this was an april fool's joke, 'cause as i watched the variety of jeeves 9000 clips, i thought, "hmmm. corporate headquarters for google is in oaktown. but not a single face, arm, or other body part that didn't belong to a white person."

it's been a while since i was last in oakland, living in germany as i do now (and there are actually people of colour there), but i do recall seeing coloured folks then. at least a few. and in different colours too, no less. i was in fact among them. guess things have changed. guess what they say about the digital divide is true. guess this kind of media presentation, april fool's aside, perpetuates and helps widen that divide. guess the inventors of jeeves definitely DON'T get it.

Posted by: paula | Apr 1, 2005 5:16:51 PM

i guess it's a good thing that this was an april fool's joke, 'cause as i watched the variety of jeeves 9000 clips, i thought, "hmmm. corporate headquarters for google is in oaktown. but not a single face, arm, or other body part that didn't belong to a white person."

it's been a while since i was last in oakland, living in germany as i do now (and there are actually people of colour there), but i do recall seeing coloured folks then. at least a few. and in different colours too, no less. i was in fact among them. guess things have changed. guess what they say about the digital divide is true. guess this kind of media presentation, april fool's aside, perpetuates and helps widen that divide. guess the inventors of jeeves definitely DON'T get it.

Posted by: paula | Apr 1, 2005 5:16:51 PM

Apparently Paula has spent WAY too much time in Germany. For starters the videos weren't shot at "Google" HQ, as "Jeeves" doesn't work there. And "coloured" body parts probably don't appear in it b/c it wasn't shot in a morgue. If Paula were actually from "Oaktown" she would know that a) nobody calls it "Oaktown" any more; and b) not since Archie Bunker has anyone called Arican-Americans "coloured."

I commend the crew at Jeeves for their silly blog postings and entertaining videos. It's great to finally see a corporation with some spirit, personality, and creativity. Keep it up!

On second thought, Paula, maybe you haven't been in Germany too long. Stay right where you are.

Posted by: JeevesFan | Apr 1, 2005 6:07:49 PM

Very good joke :-), I had to look at it a few times, thinking (especially the free ad supported model) was too good to be true. then I happened to see that the date was of course April 1st. Ya had me going for a minute. Thank you. Also,,, Ask.com is the ONLY search engine I use

Posted by: Philip | Apr 1, 2005 9:48:27 PM

LOL - I like that. Ok, so I'm super late in checking it out but I still think it's a riot!

G-Man

Posted by: G-Man | Sep 14, 2005 8:03:16 PM

I don't get it. So, where are my car keys? I'm a bit hairbrained. I already lost my laptop and my passport.

Does Jeeves know where my car keys are or not??

Posted by: Erez Zohar | Sep 16, 2005 8:44:49 AM

Is not only a joke :)

Posted by: Meka | Oct 25, 2005 3:18:49 AM

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