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Emil Huston <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 13 Feb 1997 19:02:29 -0500
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>Emil, you are back on SCIART_L welcome back!POlly


Ouffff!....Thanks Polly  :)

Now that I am back, allow me to post something useful for all the Sciart-lers.


     Unlike all Internet search engines, which uncovers thousands of Web
     sites, leaving users with the frustrating chore of sifting through
     pages of extraneous material, "Autonomy Web Researcher" can learn
     about user's interest in a particular topic and then scour the
     Internet, looking for relevant documents. The user types in a plain
     English sentence or question, or even pastes in a paragraph or more of
     relevant text. The program then sends its "intelligent agents" out on
     the Internet and evaluates their key concepts and overall context to
     determine whether they match the user's interests. When it finds a
     relevant page, it retrieves it to the user's PC to be previewed
     off-line using a Web browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft
     Explorer. Program's agents are autonomous, able to gather information
     without further guidance and as the user identify the most relevant
     material returned, subsequent retrievals are more precise.

     Autonomy's world's first "truly smart agents" are based on Neural
     Network Technology developed from research at Cambridge University and
     they are made up of two parts. The first is called the "legs", which
     move through resources such as Web sites, e-mail, or corporate
     intranets. The second part is a 'brain", which makes decisions on the
     user's behalf.

     Like the "Autonomy Web Researcher" the "Autonomy Press Agent" can be
     trained on a sentence, question, or any relevant text. The Press Agent
     searches electronic news sources such as newspapers, magazines, and
     wire services, determines which stories are relevant and retrieves the
     actual articles in the form of personalized newspaper. It can be also
     instructed to research any topic rather than predetermined news

     The Web Researcher and the Press Agent are available now as a free
     beta download from the Autonomy web site at:


    "Always be tolerant with those who disagree with you. They have a right to
     their ridiculous opinion"  w.f.i.

    Emil Huston
    Royal Ontario Museum
    Toronto, Onatrio
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