A Softbot-Based Interface to the Internet

Oren Etzioni, Daniel Weld

The Internet Softbot (software robot) is a fully-implemented AI agent developed at the University of Washington. The softbot uses a UNIX shell and the World-Wide Web to interact with a wide range of internet resources. The softbot’s effectors include ftp, telnet, mail, and numerous file manipulation commaslds. Its sensors include internet facilities such as archie, gopher, netfind, and many more. The softbot is designed to incorporate new facilities into its repertoirc as they become available.

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