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- Digital Actors in LOTR Can Think
18 - Massive, the special-effects program behind the colossal battles in The Lord of the Rings
- Web services need practical Turing tests
18 - This NYT article decribes CMU research on devising tests to distinguish between humans and software agents. Such tests are being used by Yahoo and other web sites and also offer challenges to AI researchers who try to defeat them.
- Darpa puts thought into cognitive computing
19 - "A program that may push cognitive technology to a new level is being launched by the Department of Defense. The DOD, a longtime supporter and user of artificial-intelligence systems, aims to build what it is calling an "enduring personalized cognitive assistant," or Epca. "
- We'll All Be Harry Potter in the Future,
18 - The world of magic is a world where inanimate objects come alive; it's as if they
- Robots forced to live and work in sewers
21 - Sacrificing all for the last mile, special cable laying robots are stringinging fiber in the worlds sewers.
- I, Robot, the movie
20 - Fox has announced that WIll Smith has been signed to star in the movier adaptation of Asimov's "I, Robot".
- Amazon, Google lead new path to Web services
16 - "After much hype, confusion and skepticism, a handful of Internet companies are trying to do something that has stubbornly eluded the high-tech industry: Turn the vague concept of "Web services" into a reality for the greater Internet. "
- Google News fixated on cricket?
18 - "Google's News Machine: What happens when you take humans out of the story-selection process?" (Atlantic)
- Immobots Take Control
18 - "From photocopiers to space probes, machines injected with robotic self-awareness are reliable problem solvers." (Technology Review)
- Gentlemen, Start Your Robots
20 - "Self-reliant roadsters will race for a hefty
- (Ask) Jeeves gets a phone
17 - Internet search engine Ask Jeeves is launching a phone-based
- Sims robot terrorizes Berkeley
16 - " Will Wright and his buddies are terrorizing the city of Berkeley again. They walk down University Avenue, sending their 250-pound “Reality Robot” into cafes, art stores and shopping centers. The robot is, frankly, deranged."
- For W3C, it's a question of semantics - Tech News - CNET.com
18 - "In its continuing effort to make the Web more intelligent, the medium's leading
- The Robot Evolution
18 - This arrtcile from Industry week features Rod Brooks -- "MIT's Rodney A. Brooks is among researchers leading the charge to develop a
- IBM wants computers that help themselves
29 - IBM will announce that it has established a new Autonomic Computing group, which will act as Big Blue's hub for research and product development in autonomic computing. Autonomic computing is IBM's term for computers that incorporate abilities like self-diagnostics, which give them the capacity to operate on their own with little need of attention from a person.
- Agentcities Agent Technology Competition
37 - Win up to 6000 Euros and other prizes for the best Agent infrastructure and application technology for open environments including special prizes for systems deployed in the Agentcities Agent network (http://www.agentcities.org).
- Fujitsu robot takes mobile phone commands
22 - Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a new robot designed to be remotely controlled by mobile phone to operate electronic appliances and monitor home security. The robot, dubbed MARON-1, can take pictures and relay them to the owner's mobile phone screen and be used as a voice-activated telephone
- Sony Aibo gets powers of recognition
32 - Aibo Recognition is a new application for the Aibo ERS-210A and ERS-210 model that gives an Aibo the ability to recognize its owner's name, voice and face, as well as automatically recharge itself.
- human brain primed to pick up cheating
36 - Humans appear to have developed a brain mechanism to detect social cheating--a universal alarm bell that sounds when, for example, somebody slips off the wedding ring before entering a bar or crashes a potluck dinner without a covered dish.
- Demagogues and the Prisoner's Dilemma
24 - Charismatic leaders and media personalities can be destabilizinginfluences on social groups, according to various "small-world network"models. This conclusion that seems intuitively consistent with historical events such as civil uprisings and religious movements. http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRE/v66/e021907
- New Jade agent middleware version
24 - A new release of the open source Jade software is available. Version 2.61 incluseas a security plug in (JADE-S) and an "intospector agent". Also available is support for J2EE applicatrions via BlueJade.
- Computers that run themselves (Economist)
19 - An article in the Economist: "For decades, scientists have concentrated on making computers more powerful. Now they want to build systems that are smart enough to look after themselves."
- Radio emerges from the electronic soup
20 - A self-organising electronic circuit has stunned engineers by turningitself into a radio receiver. What should have been an oscillatorbecame a radio in an an experiment conducted at the University ofSussex in Brighton to see if an automated design process could developa simple oscillator.
- Web May Hold the Key to Achieving Artificial Intelligence
16 - SmarterChild, a chatterbot that extractrs knowledge from the web, is renewing debate about the extent to which computers can achieveintelligence.
- A Theory of Evolution, for Robots
19 - Creating a robot that can fly like an insect or a bird isbeyond the reach of technology right now. But buildinga bot that can teach itself to fly -- now that's a realpossibility.
- The Drone Armies Are Coming
22 - In what sounds like another improbable Star Wars defense system, the Office of Naval Research is working on a drone army that it hopes will be operational by 2020.
- Winged robot learns to fly
21 - Krister Wolff and Peter Nordin (Chalmers University) built a winged robot and set about testing whether it could learn to fly by itself, without any pre-programmed data on what flapping is or how to do it.
- Man versus Machine, the sequel
16 - Gary Kasparov, the highest ranked human chess player, will play a series of games in early October against Israeli program Deep Junior.
- Gnutella bandwidth bandits
19 - "The file-trading network's developers are discovering that even their wide-open, free-for-all technology might need a little policing."
- AI in Japan
19 - An article on Artificial Intelligence in Japan, exploring the difficultyof getting people to agree on what the term means, large scale Japanese industry-academiacollaborations, and Japanese AI startups.
- In an Ancient Game, Computing's Future
18 - In programming acomputerizedversion of Go, anancient Asian boardgame, the verylimits of artificialintelligence arebeing tested.
- Cindy Smart is no Chatty Cathy
17 - The $99 Cindy Smart doll can speak, listen and see.
- DARPA to fund all-terrain robot race
22 - is putting up $1 million to see if robotics experts can create a machinecapable of traveling from Los Angeles to Las Vegas without humanintervention.
- Entrepreneur.com: Arguing Semantics
17 - "If the current Webis a marinara, then the Semantic Web is a much richer creamsauce. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it yet; you’reabout to get a crash course. To start, combine a serving ofdata integration, a heap of developing technology and ahelping of philosophy for flavor. Mix well. The future of theWeb is starting to look very tasty. "
- IM Gains More Virtual Agents
15 - "Proving that instantmessaging (IM) can be used for more than finding out if aco-worker is done with a project, or if a customer is havinga problem, a second company is entering the world ofIM-based intelligent agents."
- Faking Intelligence
19 - A sociable robot doesn't have to besmart, it just has to fool us into believing it is.
- New robot has basic social skills
0 - A group of scientistswho set out to build a robot with human social skills mayhave actually improved on humanity: Their creationcourteously steps aside for people, smiles duringconversation and politely asks directions.
- Advances in prosody
16 - "Recent advances suggest that within five years,prosody software will perform tasks such as telling when acustomer speaking to an automated telephone system is gettingangry and respond accordingly -- by, say, transferring the call to ahuman."
- Game Theory for Real People
19 - "Our simple models are no longer sufficient toanswer many of the questions we have raised.The very successes of game theory are forcingus to move on," said game theory pioneer Martin Shubik.
- 2002 Trading Agents Competition finals
27 - In the final competition held at AAAI, Cornell won the trading agent competition with Southhampton, Essex and UMBC placing 2-4.