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Important! Upcoming maintenance on May 11th

May 8, 2017 by Glaznah Gassner

Scheduled maintenance notificationDear SmartBots Customers,

On May 11th our provider will be running the data center upgrades and the whole cluster of SmartBots servers will become unavailable for 1-3 hours between 5AM and 5PM GMT (5:00 to 17:00 GMT). We will settle all bots to the temporary servers to keep all of them online. However, the web interface will be offline, and you won’t be able to use HUDs and other in-world devices.

To summarize:

  • Maintenance is expected to take 1-3 hours
  • Maintenance will start on May 11th at 5AM GMT
  • Bots will still online
  • Web servers and in-world devices will be offline

Contact our support in case you get any questions!
We will stay online during the whole migration period.

Sim control API functions (LSL and HTTP)

May 2, 2017 by Glaznah Gassner

New HTTP API command: simrestartWe are starting to publish the sim/region-related set of HTTP API functions. These functions allow restarting regions, returning objects, ejecting/banning residents.

The first function which is available already is simrestart. The function allows initiating the region restart (and canceling the procedure, too).

P.S. These API functions does not require a Sim Governor addon-module.

P.P.S. We’ve added a shorthand LSL function to call SmartBots API. While API is easily accessible in a raw way, using a function may be extremely handy.

 

[SOLVED] Network issues and numerous bot restarts

March 24, 2017 by Glaznah Gassner

Bots are up and running

Today we were fighting a network issue which caused some bots (actually, about 10% of our hosted bots) to login and logout periodically.

The problem started with some bots getting frozen: they were not responding to the watchdog service commands (this is a SmartBots internal service which pokes bots periodically to restart those which lost a connection to the reality). Thus, bots began to restart.

However, the bots just restarted were still unavailable: they were connecting but then frozen again. Our emergency team got a signal that something is wrong: the number of crazy bots has increased to several percents. Even during a SL rolling restarts, this amount never exceeds 2-3% of bots total.

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New AI autoresponder instead of Pandora

March 15, 2017 by Glaznah Gassner

Google API.AI chatbots for Second Life botsAs you may know, SmartBots was using AI chatbots made by Pandorabots.

Pandorabots was a free service at the beginning, but then they switched to a paid model (quite expensive as you may see). However, for several years the old-good free Pandorabot API was working along with a paid version, and our bots were using it. Today, it seems that free features of Pandorabot have gone completely – the old address is not responding anymore.

Meet Google’s API.AI

Thus, we’ve examined the AI chatbots market and decided to switch to Google’s API.AI (https://api.ai/). This is an awesome AI chatbot service which has a single disadvantage compared to Pandorabots: the default chatbot setup is rather dumb and requires training. Well, we will.

Some of SmartBots bots already respond using API.AI, while some are still trying to reach Pandora. This will be solved within a next rolling restart.

Custom AI

As you may know, previously you were able to setup your own AI chatbot with Pandorabots. API.AI also allows using custom chatbots, so you are welcome to create account at https://api.ai/, create your own AI chatbot and train it. Once you are done, please contact us to connect your AI chatbot with SmartBots (this is not an automatic procedure yet but it will).

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