KNOWBOT is the acronym for Knowledge-Based Object Technology. This term, used as early as 1988  and known to have been implemented by December 1989 at the latest  describes computer-based objects developed for collecting and storing specific information, in order to use that information to accomplish a specific task, and to enable sharing that information with other objects or processes. An early use of knowbots was to provide a computerized assistant to users to complete redundant detailed tasks without a need to train the user in computer technology.
- Knowbot Information Service
- Crawler, a program that visits Web sites and gathers information according to some generalized criteria (opposed to user-specified criteria) and subsequently indexes it
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