IM Want You For U.S. Army
from the too-busy-for-humans dept
theodp writes "TIME reports on the Army's use of an IM Bot in its recruiting efforts. Ask Sergeant Star (Strong-Trained-And-Ready) a question ("Can I work with computers?"), and he brings up relevant web pages to accompany his IM responses." The idea of IMbots, of course, isn't particularly new, though you have to wonder how effective it really is for the purpose of recruiting for the army. Also, has the Army violated a patent with this particular effort?