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Set up your own preferences and let your script go shopping in your stead
It's a computer program whose only Artificial Intelligence is for shopping.
Your let the bot explore, collect features and prices, compare offers from different websites, even exchange information among bots, like 'how much is it -at the pen drive store?', then present it back to you in an orderly fashion.
as an E-Mail filter, only smarter than that, because it presents you a completely customizable catalogue of intesrests, and never wastes your time (you can let it botting around while you're away).
It 'represents' you in the virtual market, it may ask for a budget by automatically filling out forms, but it would never buy anything unless you specifically tell it to.
No credit card number disclosure, or else you may set up a limit to services. Like, you're spending too much money on your cellular phone calls, set xx.xx money and tell the bot to explore the market under xx.xx a month and pop up if it finds an interesting offer.
A professional version would exist so that big businesses can automatically bargain in advance of the trade agreement, etcetera.
Halfbaked, but a good version could save huge amounts of time, signing up, in, out, unsubscribing, and all of those routine actions.
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||There are comparison websites out there, dunno if I'd leave a bot sitting at my computer whilst I'm on holiday though, if that's what you mean or is this just a piece of software?
||Sounds a little like the auctionspy or auctionsniper or whatever they are.
||My 'elf would rather do the shopping.
||Prices don't control everything in my
life... I like to know that products were
not made in certain countries which
don't care about the environmental
damage they are causing to the planet,
or from companies who exploit their
workers etc etc.
||Some countries don't even believe that
they are the biggest contributors to the
greenhouse gasses which cause global
warming. I try to buy nothing made in
these places. I also boycott Norwegian,
Japanese and Icelandic products
because they like to exterminate
whales. Canada is also on my radar
screen over seal pup slaughter. In fact I
never buy anything ! rant (can we please
have italics to use in our annotations
Jutta?) ....peaks out nervously from
under table ready for anticipated
||RoboShop: "Put the credit card down and step away from the shopping."
||[xenzag], its funny, I buy stuff from those countries Because of those reasons
||I don't like whales either. Bastards.
||[xenzag] While you are under that table, you might want to look at its certificate of origin. I bet it is either made from petroleum products, or unsustainably harvested wood.
||Still laughing [DrBob], lol..., //step away from the shopping//
If only we could stop buying unnecessary 'everythings'...
Yes, [skinflaps] it's intended to be some kind of software, of course. Anyway, I wouldn't use it myself unless for corporate applications...
||Hum, nice debate over fair/unfair trading, both [xenzag] and [miasere]. I think it's big corporations / countries the ones at the decission-making end of this, not individuals' commercial choices, even though they all (individuals) deserve utmost respect.
Can't say that much regarding big companies / governments.