Invasion of the Robots

This contest went live a couple of days ago but I didn't have time yet to write about it until tonight. Microsoft is challenging developers worldwide to create conversational robots, or BOTs, for MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. The most original and useful robots collect 40.000$ in total prizes, more info at contest website.

If you are a developer but you don't have a clue what these BOTs are all about, I'll list some of the already existing BOTs right here so you can play around with them for a bit and this might get you some creative ideas. So add those to your MSN or Windows Live Messenger buddy list and get in a conversation. Unless mentioned differently, they're all English BOTs.

Existing BOTs:

  • TechEd06@hotmail.com (NEW)
  • encarta@conversagent.com
  • volkskrant@nieuwskraker.nl (Dutch)
  • blabla@chatman.nl (Dutch)
  • espbilly@msn.com
  • indeedjobs@hotmail.com
  • yellowpagesqa@hotmail.com
  • smarterchild@hotmail.com
  • msnguiftguide@hotmail.com

Have fun! And thanks David for pointing out the new Tech Ed bot on your blog.

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