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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scary Next Step for Smart E-Mail Systems??, December 11, 2011
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When I first read this book, I really thought that it was a fanciful look at something that could never occur. It was a fun read and then I put it aside. Then about 3 months later, I started noticing that Google Mail was getting smarter and smarter. It seemed that if I sent an e-mail about a product I was thinking about, within a day or so, an ad would show up. I also realized that if I wrote something like "attached file" in the e-mail and didn't actually attach a file, they would warn me. Pretty smart stuff, but then I remember reading this book. This made up story about an intelligent system that could never actually occur, right??? I went back and re-read the book. Holy Smokes, this could/is really happening. How far-fetched is this really?

I think Will Hertling has hit it out of the park with this novel. I look forward to reading more from him.
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Initial post: Jul 19, 2012, 4:02:05 AM PDT
Don't freak yourself out too bad. That's just text parsing. It's got a pre-programmed list of keywords and if you type those words, it alerts adSense or checks for an attachment. It doesn't understand -- it's like handing a small child a brief from a lawsuit and having them highlight the word "the" every time it shows up. Real AI is still a long way off.
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