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."

#3 Intelligent Prefetch

by Catfish_Man

Friday June 18th, 2004 8:44 PM

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This isn't really a UI feature, but here goes: Extend the cache so that while the browser is idling it prefetches the pages you go to the most. The idea being that if (like me) you surf maybe 10-30 pages really regularly (say, forums and news sites), then those few sites will be almost instantaneous. The tricky part of this, of course, is doing it in such a way that it never interferes with whatever the user is doing.

/me goes off to think up more ideas...