In The Future…
… (and note how The Future is capitalised) we were going to have personal agents, software that would act on our behalf and do things like book cinema tickets, wake us up early if it was raining and the traffic on the way to work was heavy, etc, remind us of our spouse’s birthdays, that kind of thing.
Right now, I want a personal agent who can manage my seemingly endless morass of software updates (WordPress 2.9.2 is available! You haven’t yet switched over to an SVN-backed install! You fool! OS X wants to install software updates! Tweetie needs updating!) never mind sift through my spam or be my Facebook birthday reminder.