EVA (Evolutionary Virtual Agent) can now make realtime search on the web and use the result in the flow of conversation. The image on the left shows a simple example during the Ms House experiment. The user asks "What is a pencil?" and the answer appears in less than one second: "A pencil is a writing implement or art medium usually constructed of a narrow pigment core inside a protective casing." Another example: "Who is Michelle Obama?" results in the following answer: "Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States."
We emphasize the fact that there was no information about these subjects in the knowledge base before the questions. This result shows that the next generation of conversational agents will be able to mine information from the web or in a database without the need of programming a knowledge base.