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IBM outlines vision of a more ‘intuitive’ Internet

An IBM Corp. team of researchers has mapped out what they describe as a smarter, more intuitive version of the...


November 3, 2010  


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An IBM Corp. team of researchers has mapped out what they describe as a smarter, more intuitive version of the Internet, one they say can assign tasks to make your life easier, such as ordering taxis, managing social engagements or even paying bills.

 

The research was released today at the 20th annual CASCON, a software and computing conference showcasing research by IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) in collaboration with academic and government research organizations.

 

Representatives from IBM, Queen’s University, the University of Victoria, the University of Waterloo,   the University of Toronto and University of Maryland Baltimore County outlined the results of their Smart Internet research project.

 

As the world becomes more instrumented and interconnected, and cloud services and analytics become more advanced, the Internet will be able to automatically pull together data and services from a variety of online sources and integrate them in a way that provides context, and which can be used more easily, researchers said.

 

For example, the project work, which started in 2009, has determined how future iterations of the Internet will enable users to arrange to have taxis to and from the airport automatically ordered whenever they book a flight, and automatically notified if flights are delayed, or link RSVPs on a Facebook invitation with the reservation system at their favourite restaurant, to automatically reserve a table for the exact number of guests who accept.