"Well, as we look much further into the future,
we see first the Internet evolving as this new medium. A
medium that's very rich with multimedia content. A
medium which responds to who you are and the way you want
to interact. A medium where people who are blind
don't get presented with video, people who are
hearing-impaired see wonderful video.
And this medium responds and becomes a very natural way
for you to interact. But what's coming ahead is an
Internet where you don't even have to interact;
there will be something that will interact for you. It
will be an avatar.
An avatar is a software agent, and this software agent
or this avatar, this likeness of you, will be out there
on that network. It will be out there in the medium
acting on your behalf. And this avatar will take on your
personality. It will know what you like, it will know
what you don't like.
When it encounters another avatar, it will introduce
itself and it will be just like you. And you will trust
This avatar will carry your wallet. And in that wallet
will be your digital signature.
And you will entrust your avatar to negotiate for you, to
plan a weekend in the city for you, to find a hotel that
you will like, make reservations for you in a restaurant.
It will be wonderful for you. And it will perhaps go out
and find the furniture to outfit a new room that you may
be building because it will be so natural. It will know
your likes and your dislikes.
And over time it will get smarter and smarter and it will
become just like you. But you will be completely in
control. But many things that are today mundane in the
shopping arena really don't require your personal
involvement. It's only once your tastes are known
that these things become very boring, whereas your avatar
will be able to take over for you and allow you to spend
your time on the things that are of most interest to
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