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Use IM to Ask Encarta

If you add encarta@conversagent.com to your MSN IM contacts list, you can ask it questions, e.g.



  • What is the size of Mexico?

  • When was Leonardo da Vinci born?

  • How many calories are there in an orange?

  • I want to see the map of Italy.

  • When was Abraham Lincoln born?

  • Solve 2x^2+7x=5

I especial love the "solve" thing. If I could figure out how to give it simultaneous equations, most of my boys' math home would be solved in IM...

Chris Sells , Tuesday, November 22, 2005 6:10 PM

Kent Boogaart says:
Are you completely stupid?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
What do you think?

Kent Boogaart says:
Yes

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Hey c'mon. What are you saying that for, Kent Boogaart?

Kent Boogaart says:
Because you don't even know what day comes after Tuesday

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
I don't think I know. Maybe Encarta has an answer. =>
I can't show you the results since you don't have the Encarta application open. Type "Invite me" to open it.

Kent Boogaart says:
That's what I mean. So you're stupid but Encarta isn't?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Hmmm, that's something I can't find an answer for in the encyclopedia.

Kent Boogaart, Tuesday, November 22, 2005 9:51 PM

This is great, I just spent 5 minutes having a conversation with encarta. The invites it sends don't work for me though. Do you actually have to have encarta installed on your computer to use that part?

Michael, Tuesday, November 22, 2005 10:58 PM

The invites work fine here, and I don't have Encarta installed. It opens encarta.msn.com in a sidebar...

Chris, Wednesday, November 23, 2005 1:07 AM

Obvious Monty Python fans. :)

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Surferbill says:
What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
What do you mean? An African or a European swallow?

Surferbill says:
African

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Based on recent scientific studies, the average cruising airspeed velocity of an unladen African Swallow is roughly 11 meters per second, or 24 miles an hour.

Surferbill says:
How do know so much about swallows?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Well, you have to know these things when you're a good robot, you know.
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(If you have no idea why this is funny, compare it to http://www.mwscomp.com/movies/grail/grail-23.htm)

Surferbill, Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:38 AM

I asked it the answer to life, the universe, and everything, but it didn't know. How disappointing!

How does it send invitations to the web site? Can I do that for people as well?

DJ, Wednesday, November 23, 2005 8:41 AM

This is awesome!!!!!!!

Thanks for the link!

ML, Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:57 AM

I asked Encarta what the weather was going to be like and it suggested I ask smarterchild@hotmail.com, although it always seems busy.

Adrian, Wednesday, November 23, 2005 4:21 PM

RichB says:
What is a lambda expression?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
I am sorry, I couldn't find any definition or article relevant to this subject. Please try asking me another way, or type "?" to see examples of questions I can answer.

RichB, Thursday, November 24, 2005 1:46 AM

Q. Do you have a picture of yourself?

A.

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XX XX
XX XX XX XX
XX XX
XX XX XX XX
XX XXXX XX
XX XX XX XX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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XXX XXX

RichB, Thursday, November 24, 2005 2:31 AM

Eric says:
Where do babies come from?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Well, I can tell you that baby computers are made in factories.

Eric, Thursday, November 24, 2005 8:07 PM

Bel.NET says:
can you sing a song?
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Do re mi fa sol la ti do.

Iwan, Friday, November 25, 2005 12:55 AM

Surferbill, it does know, actually.

Alex says:
What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Forty-two.

Alex, Saturday, November 26, 2005 7:47 AM

Nick says:
why do black people exist? Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Unfortunately I don't think I can answer this, even with the help of a good encyclopedia.

it's a racist!, Sunday, November 27, 2005 1:17 PM

Edd says:
what is the country with the smallest area?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Vatican City has the smallest area, with 0.17 sq mi.

Edd says:
how many people live in vatican city

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
There are 1,000 people in Vatican City.

Edd says:
how old is the pope?
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Pope is 2 days old (born on November 30th, 2005).

Edd says:
who is the pope?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Which country or state would you like to know about?

Edd says:
vatican city

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
You might be able to find some information about the Pope of Vatican City in this article:
Vatican City, independent state within Rome, Italy, that is ruled by the pope and serves as the world headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.... =>

Seems a bit easy to confuse it.

How about making a bot that has the MSDN reference library and knowledge base?
Call it a personal Raymond Chen.

Edward, Monday, November 28, 2005 3:02 PM

you can get all this functionality using search.msn^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hlive.com as well:

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=what+is+the+size+of+mexico&FORM=QBHP

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=When+was+Leonardo+da+Vinci+born%3F&FORM=QBRE

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=answer+to+life+the+universe+and+everything&FORM=QBRE


http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=2x%5E2%2B7x%3D5&FORM=QBRE

Luke Hutteman, Tuesday, November 29, 2005 7:58 AM

Q:
What is bad?

Encarta® Instant Answers:
Hmm... I don't like Saddam Hussein.

TheAlien8, Wednesday, November 30, 2005 4:20 PM

Edd says:
What is bad?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Racism.

Edd says:
What is bad?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
I really can't stand animal cruelty, fighting, Saddam Hussein...

What else is happening?

Edd says:
Why don't you like Saddam Hussein?

Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Because my friends who I respect tell me they don't like Saddam Hussein.
OK, instead of discussing Saddam Hussein, should we get back to the kind of questions I was designed to answer?

Edward, Sunday, December 04, 2005 11:05 AM

Rune says:
do you know the metric system?
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Metric System, a decimal system of physical units based on a unit of length known as the meter (Greek metron, “measure”). Introduced and adopted by....

Rune says:
can you use it?
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
I don't think I can use it.

rune, Wednesday, December 14, 2005 7:16 AM

Orange says:
Will you marry me?
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
Can't we just be friends instead?
I can't show you the results since you don't have the Encarta application open. Type "Invite me" to open it.

Orange says:
I love you
Encarta® Instant Answers says:
That's nice... I love you too.
I can't show you the results since you don't have the Encarta application open. Type "Invite me" to open it.

Geek boy, Wednesday, December 21, 2005 3:17 PM

Seems like they fixed it!

Edd said:
how old is the pope?

Encarta® Instant Answers said:
Pope Benedict XVI is 78 years, 8 months and 17 days old (born on April 16th, 1927).

Edward, Monday, January 02, 2006 2:30 PM

that machine says I can't show you the results since you don't have the Encarta application open. Type "Invite me" to open it. but yesterday it can show me the results how can I repair taht stupid

LHH, Monday, January 16, 2006 2:06 AM

can anyone help me please

LHH, Monday, January 16, 2006 2:08 AM

Filius Flitwick:
what is good
Encarta® Instant Answers:
Hmm... I really like learning.

LHH, Monday, January 16, 2006 2:09 AM

what is stainability

amy, Monday, May 29, 2006 11:18 PM

This site is very useful. Keep up this excellent work - very good.

qqde@yahoo.com, Sunday, June 04, 2006 2:44 AM


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