The goal of this project is to design, develop, and deploy
web service robot(s)
(aka., "programmable personal assistant(s)")
that function on top of the internet, as it is.
The idea is that such programmable robots could then assist people in their
everyday lives by automatically surfing web pages and web services,
automatically extracting and submitting information, and
automatically managing and coordinating various tasks.
We expect that a lot of tasks could be automated and a lot of coordination
taken care of by such services.
Additionally, a lot of completely new things become possible.
The robots will interact with people via SMS
which means that they will work for
everyone, everywhere, all the time;
even in developing countries where many people do not have access to the web,
but often still have a cell phone!
This project will happen in collaboration with students from
(Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) in Recife,
Brazil. We hope that the services developed
could later be deployed in Brazil. Such robots should be able to make a
substantial difference for people there.