Smart email finds the user
Boffins at Stanford University have developed an email system that figures out who messages are intended for and find them. You might not know the correct address of the person you want to send the email, but the technology can scour data bases and the Internet to track down intended email recipients.
It finds the right John Smith by using semantic technology to understand phrases and relationships between words instead of simply recognising typed characters. Stanford computer science associate professor Michael Genesereth said the experiments have worked so well that it will be tested by more than 6,000 people in the Stanford Computer Science Department this year. Most people don't want to write an email address they would just like to tap the person's name in.
Semantic email is expected to first take root in companies and other organisations interested in letting workers more efficiently mine internal personnel data bases.
We guess it would be great for spammers.