via the cyberjunkie, i found the encarta chatbot (firstname.lastname@example.org) for use on msn messenger.
i haven’t actually used it for looking up anything (expectedly).. but its a pretty smart bot for its kind. a current transcript :
[13:05:31] satish: dumbass
[13:05:31] Encarta® Instant Answers: What did you say that for?
[13:05:44] satish: coz you are one
[13:05:44] Encarta® Instant Answers: Well maybe you’re one too.
there you go then. it
nearly insulted me.