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Browser as Filter

In the 90's we referred to browsers as members of a class of "Agents." The hope was for that class to grow and eventually include "Intelligent Agents."

But today the browser is more and more a of "Sensitive Filter." That is, the application has become better able to sense its environment. And the function of the browser is now to keep the Web out as much as to facilitate the completion of tasks on the Web.

That's why I'm interested in Greasemonkey.