Today is the era of artificial intelligence. Whether it is ChatGPT or the various intelligent applications that follow, many people see the upcoming sci-fi world that was almost unimaginable a few years ago. However, in the field of reptiles, artificial intelligence does not seem to be involved too much. It is true that crawlers, as an “ancient” technology, have created many technical industries such as search engines, news aggregation, and data analysis in the past 20 years, but we have not seen obvious technological breakthroughs yet: crawler engineers still mainly rely on technologies such as XPath and reverse engineering to automatically obtain web data. However, with the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning, crawler technology can theoretically achieve “automatic driving”. This article will introduce the current status and possible future development direction of the so-called intelligent crawler (intelligent, automated data extraction crawler technology) from multiple perspectives.
A web crawler is an automated program used to obtain data from the Internet or other computer networks. They usually use automated scraping techniques to automatically visit the website and collect, parse and store information on the website. This information can be structured or unstructured data.