Intelligent Agents (IA) are computer programs that help perform a more efficient search function than what is currently available in the market.
Amongst the neat "intelligent" features that contribute to the characteristics of an intelligent agent is performing a search while the researcher is offline. This will help reduce the time needed to be online, thus eliminates possible network congestion, while at the same time saves money. Other intelligent features include an automatic elimination of dead links and duplications.
Examples of intelligent agents currently being developed include BargainFinder, Webferet, and BackSeat. BargainFinder is an IA that goes into the e-commerce or e-malls networks Assuming you key in the word "CD Barry Manilow". The BargainFinder will search throughout the available e-commerce sites and bring out the cheapest Barry Manilow CD. BackSeat, on the other hand, is an IA that first watches the sites you visited and then recommends to you the URLs of similar sites.
The uses of intelligent agents are numerous. Their long-awaited market introduction shall certainly change our Internet surfing culture.
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