Attention May Future Salon on Thursday the 19th of May. We are happy to have Feedster CEO and president Scott Rafer present:
Enough Dumb Agents Get Smart
Social media is delivering the dream of intelligent agent technology in an unexpected way. RSS, tagging, cameraphones, social networks, and a dozen other point technologies are ganging up to create the benefits we all expected from intelligent agents. Except -- the intelligent agents turn out to be human beings going about our everyday lives, using dumb tools to publish meaningless snippets and anecdotes in machine-readable, sometimes open-standards forms. Each of us becomes the intelligent publisher of many different dumb agents, which we do very easily.
Software applications all over the planet aggregate them in unexpected ways, providing online services of astonishing value at very little cost. What do you get when you combine housingmaps.com, which is based on Craigslist and GoogleMaps, and Dodgeball, the mobile social network which Google acquired this week? Can I suddenly be sure how to find an apartment near (or far from) where people I know drink heavily?
Scott Rafer is president and CEO of Feedster, a fast-growing blog search engine and advertising network. Feedster delivers more relevant, and timely information by continuously collecting data from over 7 million RSS content feeds. Before Feedster, Rafer co-founded WiFinder, the Wi-Fi hotspot directory; BookBroadband, the broadband hotel finder; Fresher Information, RSS indexing way too early; and FotoNation, a creator of connected photography solutions. Previously, Rafer led the Internet products group at Kodak Hollywood and worked in investment banking at Needham & Company. For school, Rafer graduated from the Management of Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Rafer's blogs are Free Wireless Soweto and at Feedster.
Future Salon Thursday May 19th 6-7 networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP . From 7-9+pm presentation and discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map] As always free and open to the public. Improve your commute by sharing it with a fellow Futurist. Check the Ride Board for opportunities.
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