Subject: IW Mailing List iw/960205
From: (Peter da Silva)
Subject: Probes?
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 10:35:39 -0600 (CST)

> My definition of probe is an artificial life form that exists only
> electronically and on storage media and uses artificial intelligence to
> accomplish its mission.

I'd call that a "spider" or an "agent", since those are the terms
commonly used for the more-or-less benign versions of these.