31 December 2006

ByronBot - Byron Bay, Australia

Lately I've been working with chatterbot technology, a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with one or more human users via auditory or textual methods, using AIML or Artificial Intelligence Markup Language, an XML dialect for creating natural language software agents.

My latest creation is ByronBot (http://www.mendicott.com/byronbay/), which you can ask questions about Byron Bay and the Rainbow Region of northern New South Wales, Australia - where I now live.

Previously, I created the meta-guide geobot (http://www.meta-guide.com/), which knows continents, regions, all countries, all of their capitals, and can provide more such as maps, travel books and cool travel videos - as well as country-specific information about ecotourism and sustainable tourism.

One associate has compared ByronBot with Microsoft's Ms. Dewey (http://www.msdewey.com/), an Adobe Flash-based experimental interface for Windows Live Search.

19 December 2006

The difference between a web page and a blog

I would really like for someone to be able to tell me why my green-travel yahoogroup rss feed http://rss.groups.yahoo.com/group/green-travel/rss is not being indexed by any blog search despite pinging via http://pingomatic.com/ ....

I wrote to http://www.technorati.com/ to ask why and they replied that they don't index mailing lists or forums .... However, http://blogsearch.google.com/ frequently returns messages from http://www.tribe.net/ groups ....