Mailia, email and AI


An intelligent network, able to make searches and compute information under a specific logic. This is the scenario that seem to appear to the on the horizon of the programming language research, prefigurated by net visionary as Tim Berners Lee, but dreamed and feared at the same time by every netsurfer. Martin Kuenz and Karsten Asshauer, the minds behind are hopping onto the running train of evolution whose next stop is the birth of the semantic web. The axiom of the project’s philosophy is the ability to analyze the networked data and, through a series of logic passages, reusing them for a sort of data management. From this project ha sprung Mailia, an automatic responder able to deal with the electronic mail. It’s a well-structured and flexible open source software, that opens the incoming mails, analyzes their content and after having searched Google for proper contents in order to compute a pertinent answer, return the message to the sender. If the message content can be released, it’s added to a sort of semantic database from which it’ll be extracted everytime it’ll be needed to produce similar contents. If on side the possibilities prefigured by the telematic connections of any kind and a new form of the web content feed the A.I. dreams, on the other hand the same possibilites revamp the controversy between the apocalyptic and the integrated of the beginning of the millenium, committed to redefine the individual relationships with the inorganic and to find the keystone the definitive answer to the question that Pascal and Leibniz were posing long time ago: “Can a machine think?”

Francesca Tomassini