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Subject: Re: [soa-rm-ra] "Intelligent agent" technology staging a comeback

  As you noted, that article is quite old. In fact, General Magic  
went bust not long after that article!
  I think that agents have gone mainstream, and noone has noticed!  
(Which is a good thing in my estimation)
  As for intelligent agent, I am a little distrustful of the term. (I  
say that as someone who has spent a lot of time developing  
technologies for intelligent systems) I would prefer terms such as  
smart, effective, etc. I.e., technologies quietly doing their thing  
without getting in anyone's face.
  On the other hand, there are some ideas that are currently very  
much in the philosophy stage that I believe are critical to the long  
term goal of genuine interoperability across ownership boundaries.  
I.e., ideas that will make it simpler for 'my system to effectively  
collaborate with your system'.
  I am reminded of what someone (may have been Edison) said:  
"Engineers tend to over-estimate the short-term effect of their work,  
and under-estimate the long-term effects."

On Mar 2, 2006, at 12:48 PM, Chiusano Joseph wrote:

> Regarding our discussion of agents on our call yesterday:
> I found the following CNET article[1] to be very interesting -  
> don't be fooled by the headline, it's from late 1999 and discusses  
> HP's E-speak at length. So it's outdated, but potentially informative.
> Joe
> [1] http://news.com.com/Intelligent+agent+technology+staging+a 
> +comeback/2100-1023_3-232110.html?tag=sas.email
> Joseph Chiusano
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