A softbot-based interface to the Internet

  title={A softbot-based interface to the Internet},
  author={Oren Etzioni and Daniel S. Weld},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
The Internet Softbot (software robot) is a fullyimplemented AI agent developed at the University of Washington (Etzioni, Lcsh, & Segal 1993). 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… Expand
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