Proposals for Incorporating Machine Learning in Mozilla Firefox
Friday June 18th, 2004
Blake Ross writes: "I will be doing research this summer at Stanford with Professor Andrew Ng about how we can incorporate machine learning into Firefox. We're looking for ideas that will make Firefox 2.0 blow every other browser out of the water. People who come up with the best 3-5 ideas win Gmail accounts, and if we implement your idea you'll be acknowledged in both our paper and in Firefox credits. Your idea will also be appreciated by the millions of people who use Firefox :-). We'll also entertain Thunderbird proposals."
Tuesday July 6th, 2004 11:57 PM
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Have a look at this: <http://www.nat.org/dashboard/>
Quoting: "Why can't my computer automatically show me things that will help me with what I'm doing, instead of making me search around for them?
The goal of the dashboard is to automatically show a user useful files and other objects as he goes about his day. While you read email, browse the web, write a document, or talk to your friends on IM, the dashboard does its best to proactively find objects that are relevant to your current activity, and to display them in a friendly way, saving you from digging around through your stuff like a disorganized filing clerk.
For example, if a friend IMs you and says "I can't wait for our camping trip this weekend!" the dashboard will show things like your recent emails about the camping trip, your camping bookmarks, and any files or notes you've got on your hard drive about camping."
I don't know how possible this is to do in Firefox, it might even be more appropriate if the OS had this feature. But nevertheless, I think it could be a really useful tool. Cheers.