I had forgotten just how cool SmarterChild was, but this News.com article about its creator reminded me. If you are an AOL Instant Messenger user, make a new buddy, give it the name "SmarterChild" (or just click here) and send a message saying hello. Don't be afraid, it won't bite, even if you tell it where you live by typing "
set location your zip code". After that, ask for the weather, or for movie information, or just talk to it and see what happens.
It really is a great thing and here's why. I like the interactivity when trying to find info on things like movie listings. The experience of using the phone book and listening to phone recordings is labor and time intensive. SmarterChild makes that experience shorter and easier, and since it's a text based medium, I don't have to write down showtimes in the corner of the page in the phone book. Sweet.