We already introduced you to Mr Deakin’s Sparky Jr Aibo but now there is competition afoot in robotland – and from a familiar foe for Sparky – Messenger Bots!

“Microsoft is challenging developers worldwide to create conversational robots, or BOTs, for MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. The most original, useful robots collect $40,000 in total prizes. Find out more

We’re thinking about building an Ask Partner Bot at the moment to deal with the common questions we get on the Ask Partner line and in to my team. Interested?