SmarterChild is a fun and entertaining instant message that your kids are probably more familiar with than you. By adding “SmarterChild” SN (Screen Name) to you Aol IM client you can interact with a program. While hardly a testament to the Turning test it is quite exciting in the knowledge base this chat bot has build up. Combined with a little Elisa magic, natural language processing and back-end content it creates for a very rich experience. Late last year Microsoft purchased the parent company, Colloquis to fit into their Live Services vision. Specifically the purchase allowed Microsoft to leverage the existing technology from Colloquis to build better customer support systems.

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