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a propos of nothing


yes, interbot is an important part of the new infobot platform.
i expect i'll be able to produce a lot more activity
on the new model, after which you may not have to depend on
me [after february].  http:///www.infobot.org and /list/ [fyi].

We need to discuss the whole thing; right now it's a pretty
simple forwarding. Addi's repro on alternate networks, and Simon's
mods(!) are part of the Field.

i've been told at CMU i can work on "anything i want to do", 
so i will be at least partly on refocussing on the 'bot -- 
and most importantly YOUR INPUT.  I have speech in and out 
working, and i'm sure that'll need the attention of
interested folks like y'all to get it robust. YAPC is a part 
of that, and other directions; let's look at international 
venues, also.
i apologize for my inattention lately, but i swear to y'all
it's only a matter of the moment. we're embarked on the great
work -- if you resonate with it, we welcome you :) if you 
don't, we welcome you -- but we expect a voice from you.


ps - i hate end notes, but i beg you to read Pike's only recent
available work on tagmemics. i got a copy from amazon, 
and it's well worth reading. I'd type the whole thing in
if it weren't for the diagrams, and i'm tempted to scan 'em.
i'm on the verge of proposing a long talk at TPC on 
particle, wave, and field in the world of the bot -- but
as a situated talk on perl and "we." 

I'll make a copy and mail it to you (snail mail) if you
can't find it. If i have to, i'll type it them in.


scozens@pwj.co.jp wrote:
> duff@cbi.tamucc.edu wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 03:40:02PM -0500, zip wrote:
> > > I dont know if this is possible or already done but itd be cool. If
> > > the bots could ask each other for help and share factoids, but more
> > > importantly if there was some kinda of pub url or someway to list all
> > > the infobots so that an infobot could download the list and to ask
> > > questions. Just an idea.
> > Gee, this sounds remarkably like something I mentioned on channel
> > today  :-)
> Yep; to explain, the bots currently do talk to each other - they
> message each other using a slightly special syntax. Every so often
> you may see something like this:
> <q[Simon]> purl, wibble?
> <purl> Bugger all, I dunno.
> <purl> url knew: wibble is foo bar baz
> You register the bots you want your bot to talk to in the config file:
> I'm pretty sure - but I don't know - that those bots also have to have
> you in their friendly bots config.
> However, what we were thinking yesterday was to have the bots connected
> together aside from IRC, talking TCP/IP connections to each other. I
> hadn't really considered linking *all* the infobots together, just doing
> small peer-to-peer networks, but there's a pretty obvious way to get
> them all talking - every bot links to MetaBot, which would multiplex
> the query. You'd have a shedload of bot traffic if you wanted to do that,
> though. I'd rather a more decentralised setup, but I don't really want
> to write a multi-level peer-to-peer network with message routing and
> proxying and all that inside infobot; however, don't let me stop you.
> One thing I do want to work on when I get some decent programming time
> is to have bots connect to more than one IRC server at once, which is
> another easy way to achieve massive interconnection: if all the bots
> sat in #infobot in irc.infobot.org they could talk to each other there.
> Is anyone else working on this sort of thing in the 0.4x series?
> Simon