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- Faking Intelligence
76 - FakingIntelligence. A sociable robot doesn't have to be smart, itjust has to fool us into believing it is.
- IM Gains More Virtual Agents
76 - "Proving that instant messaging (IM) can be used for more than finding out if a co-worker is done with a project, or if a customer is having a problem, a second company is entering the world of IM-based intelligent agents."
- Entrepreneur.com: Arguing Semantics
79 - "If the current Web is a marinara, then the Semantic Web is a much richer cream sauce. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it yet; you’re about to get a crash course. To start, combine a serving of data integration, a heap of developing technology and a helping of philosophy for flavor. Mix well. The future of the Web is starting to look very tasty. "
- Portugal to Host 2004 World Robot-Soccer Tournament
15 - Portugal was awarded with the organization of the Robocup 2004 world tournament by Robocup Federation. The tournament will take place on June 27-July 3, 2004 in Lisbon, and will coincide with the European Cup also in Portugal.
- Approximating Life
18 - A NYT article on RIchard Wallace, creator of the Alice eliza-like bot.
- Robocup2002 results
18 - the results of the 2002 robocup competition are available.
- Robots R US (J@pan.inc)
18 - An article on Japanese robots, that explores the historicalbackground to robot development in Japan, the special cultural relationship withrobots, and introduces the first open source robot.
- McKinsey Quarterly: The return of AI
19 - "Is artificial intelligence right for your business? The technologyisn't appropriate for all information problems—but it does solvesome of them very well indeed. This article suggests a three-stepprocess for determining whether AI can help your company. "
- Tin Men - obedient machines for the masses
17 - In addition toHonda's experimental program, Japaneseelectronics giants Sony, Matsushita and Sanyoare all developing "personal robots" they hopewill some day become as ubiquitous astelevisions and at least as companionable asaccountants.
- Cyber secretaries
0 - "A team of scientists and engineers at CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences in Sydney is designing intelligent content management software to help people weather constant email bombardment. "
- AI to Assist Alzheimer's Patients
17 - AI researcher's at the University of Washington's Assisted Cognition Project are developing ideas to aid Alzheimer's sufferers.
- Scientists give language lessons to robots
17 - This mercurty news story describes research aimed at fundamental problems in language learning.
- 28th FIPA meeting 10-12 Feb
44 - The 24th FIPA meeting will be held in Lausanne Switzerland area during 11-15 February, 2002. The quarterly FIPA meetings are free and open to FIPA members and interested non-members who are willing to actively contribute to the FIPA process. More information on how to participate in FIPA can be found at http://fipa.org/.
- Making gaming even more real
17 - Video game technology today is a full-scale 3-D experience so sophisticated that it almost looks real - a far cry from where the industry stood only 10 years ago. But the biggest changes might still be on the horizon, when the emerging technology of artificial intelligence is fully integrated into gaming.
- Are you ready for angry robots?
20 - An Australian company called Mindsystems has devised an Artificial Intelligence system forsimulating human emotion. It can apparently be used to quite convincingly replicate a person's feelings in a variety of situations. Called EMIR (Emotional Model for Intelligent Response), it is based on real-time data collected by researchers in the psychological sciences
- New Scientist interview with Rod Brooks
19 - "I wouldlike to have a machine or robotwhich you felt bad aboutswitching off. I want to build aliving machine," says RodneyBrooks, Professor of Robotics atMIT.
- Robot escapes lab
19 - Scientists running a pioneering experiment with "living robots" which think for themselves said they were amazed to find one escaping from the centre where it "lives". The small unit, called Gaak, was one of 12 taking part in a "survival of the fittest" test at the Magna science centre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
- Future of the web
0 - "The 'semantic web' may help to offload some hard work from human operators." (Financial Times)
- Affective Computing: Teaching Machines About Emotion
18 - "The radical movement of affective computing is turning the field of artificialintelligence upside down by adding emotion to the equation." (LA Times)
- UK government launches AI drive
21 - The UK government is attempting to boost Britain's involvement in intelligent computing by launching a research project into cognitive systems. The collaboration, which is part of Foresight programme, will involve business leaders, academic researchers and representatives of government organisations.
- Berners-Lee: Prepare for Next-Gen Web Now
19 - The Web's evolution depends on companies and organizations embracing universal and open standards, inventor Tim Berners-Lee told attendees at this week's Center for eBusiness@MIT conference. ...Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an organization that sets guidelines for the Web, gave attendees, many of them CIOs, a high-level overview of the Semantic Web
- in search of blessed bots
19 - "With bots, librarians and information professionals are poised to step into the brave new world of artificial intelligence (AI). Though still largely in the experimental stages of use in libraries, bots promise time savings in our current work and the help needed to expand our roles." (libraryjournal)toolkit. Eric Lease Morgan, head of the new DigitalAccess and Information Architecture Department atNotre Dame University Libraries and founder ofInfomotions, Inc., defines a bot as 'a computerapplication mimicking or embodying elements of humanintellect.'
- AI takes aim at Wall Street
18 - In June, a computer its creators call the most powerful ever built for commercial use (and the fifth most powerful in the world) will go online in Los Angeles. The machine, as yet unnamed, will be dedicated to one goal: beating Wall Street.
- Sprint working on inteligent personal agents
17 - Sprint's Advanced Technology Lab is developing an 'e-assistant'described as "an intelligent agent that acts as a virtual personalassistant to help you sort through the junk mail of life. ... In themorning you'd like to have something that as an entity will fetch youre-mail, tell you about your appointments and remind you of the filesto bring to work, recognise what the weather is going to be like andsay, 'Hey! - it's going to rain today. Bring the umbrella."
- supply chAIn
22 - "Software makers are rushing to imbue supply-chain-management tools with artificial intelligence. ...Supply-chain-management programs are structured sortof like flow charts, following a make-and-sell modelof supply and demand. Software that IBM Labs is buildingworks more like bees in a hive, with lots of autonomousagents going out into the world collecting data. (Information Week)
- Silicon super-agents
0 - "AUTONOMOUS software agents are rapidly moving from the development stage to providing industrial-strength help in everyday environments. Gartner forecasts that enterprise automation, which includes autonomous software agents and artificial intelligence software, will account for almost 50 per cent of total IT spending in 10 years." (Australian IT)
- Phraselator Translation System Tested in Afghanistan
17 - The device is thePhraselator, a hand-heldcomputer that translatesmore than 1,000 spokenEnglish phrases into other languages. Developed by a consortium of companies, including two regional businesses, with roughly $1 million in grants from DARPA, the wireless device is being used by peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan to communicate in Arabic, Urdu, Pashto and Dari.
- New chips could make everyday items 'talk'
18 - We're just at the beginning of a new age of products, devices and objectsthat talk to us -- and to each other. "We're really talking about the next50 years of computing," says the executive director of the Auto-ID Centerat MIT, which is one of the organization studying ways of using computerchips embedded in tiny pieces of plastic attached to just about everything,including egg cartons, eyeglasses, books, toys, trucks, and money.
- Awareness: Mystery of the Mind
17 - A robot's algorithms mimic aware behavior, but does that make it conscious? And just what does awareness look like? Or as one scientist asks, "Can there be a sense of self without mental content?" Mark K. Anderson reports from Tucson, Arizona.
- 'Flesh and Machines': The Future of Robotics
26 - A NYT review of brooks' ''Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us''.
- Big Brains Rule Trading Floor
20 - ...About one-third of all Nasdaq market trading is now done through electronic trading, and some trading floors, once a cacophony of ringing phones and shouts, have quieted to the soft click of mouse buttons and fingers tapping on keyboards....
- Robo Pets for the Elderly
22 - Pets have long been hailed for their ability to help older people deal the loneliness and isolation that comes with aging in America. But what about pets made out of plastic and metal?
- Trade Secrets of the 6-Legged Set
22 - Prof. Robert J. Full is a Berkeley biologist who spends most days handling giant cockroaches, finger-biting geckos and poisonous centipedes. As the director of Berkeley's Poly-Pedal laboratory, Full leads a team that is racing to decipher the secrets of locomotion and apply them in a host of ways, to do things like defuse land mines or help animators put a believably springy step in cartoon creatures.
- Future Martian Robots Trial Out In RoboCup Games
19 - An article on robocup.
- New breed spam filter slashes junk email
24 - A new breed of spam-filtering technology that combines peer-to-peer communications with machine learning could intercept nearly all unwanted email, according to its creators. (NewScientist.com)
- The New Mobile Infantry
24 - Battle-ready robots are rolling out of the research lab and into harm's way.(Wired)
- Sun's p2p strategy
18 - This Economist article describes Sun's peer-to-peer strategy.
- The Web's Weaver Looks Forward
19 - In this Busines Week article, Tim Berners-Lee, chief architect of the World Wide Web, explains his visionof the next stitch in the process: The Semantic Web
- TAC 2002
20 - The third annual Trading Agent Competition (TAC-02) will take place in June and July of2002, with the finals on 28 July in Edmonton. It is open to all, and is being organized by the Swedish Institute of Computer Science.
- http://lobaltech.com/ is building a brain
15 - A small London based start-up called Lobal Technologies (http://www.lobaltech.com/) is working on a system to simulate the way humans use language more closely than ever before. Lobal is working on an artificial intelligence system so intelligent its staff hate it being called'artificial intelligence' In a tiny office on a quiet mews development near Baker Street tube station in London the six staff of Lobal spend their working days raising a virtual baby. The baby is called LAD - which stands for Language Acquisition Device.
- Bots Invade the Arts
17 - "'Robotic artexpresses our ambivalence toward machines,' says Ollivier Dyens, author of Metal andFlesh, a book about the relationship between technology, biology and culture. Today,machines are not only a ubiquitous part of our environment, but they are also slowly encroaching upon our personal space --with microchips finding their way intoprosthetic limbs, intravenous communications systems, clothing and jewelry.
- Wild Things, fighting, flocking, free willing
17 - They fight. They flock. They have free will. Get ready for game bots with a mind of their own. By Steven Johnson. Wired (10.03).
- Chess Monster in a Box
19 - The inside story of an ingenious chess-playing machine that thrilled crowds, terrified opponents, and won like clockwork.
- FIPA-OS v2.1
20 - FIPA-OS v2.1.0, an open-sourced java FIPA complient agent platform, isnow available and inlcudes an electronic marketplace applicationframework, HTTP message transport protocol support, and MicroFIPA-OS,a version intended for small footprint version for PDAs, mobilephones, etc.
- Zeus Agent Toolkit version 1.04 released
20 - BT's Zeus v 1.04 now includes new functionality in the form of "taskexternals" for modularising the agent task code and the zsh agent deploymentshell, which provides a command line deployment environment for launchingmultiple agents in single virtual machines, opening Zeus up for use insimulation applications that require hundreds or thousands of agentinstances.
- How Virtual Agents Make the Web More Human
22 - A CNET article on how various kinds of virtual agents are being used in ecommerce systems.
21 - Batimore based agentsmith.com has developed software that uses AI techniques to help television station managers better plot and price commercial time
- World's 'first' talking washing machine unveiled
16 - "The Electrolux Kelvinator, which will be launched in India, has a vocabulary of more than 90 English and Hindi phrases. It says things like 'drop the detergent', 'close the lid' and 'relax' accompanied by a tinkling of piano keys or a trumpet fanfare."
- Humanoid robot goes to work on Linux
18 - Japanese manufacturer Kawada has released details of a Linux-based humanoid robot that it believes could be employed in the workplace.The robot, called HRP-2P (which stands for Humanoid Robotics Project-2 Prototype) runs on a real-time version of the Linux operating system, called ART-Linux. ART-Linux is based on the well-known RT-Linux, which is designed for robotic applications, as well as data acquisition and systems control functions.
- Robots rule in soccer tournament
18 - RoboCup has existed as an annual international, inter-robot soccercompetition since 1997, and by 2050, the co-op of artificial intelligenceand robotics researchers behind the event say they will have a team of“fully autonomous humanoid robots capable of defeating the humansoccer world champions.”
- Scientist becomes world's first cyborg
17 - A Reading UK scientist has become the world's first cyborg after undergoing an operation to fit his arm with a device that effectively makes him part-human, part-robot.
- Sony robot sings, dances and isn't cheap
15 - The silver, round-eyed "SDR-4X" humanoidrobot will go on sale later in 2002. Sony Corp. would not say much more about its plans for the 23-inch tall robot."This robot was designed to live with people in homes," said Toshitada Doi, Sonyexecutive vice president.
- On the Road to the Semantic Web
19 - A short article on http://searchenginewatch.com talks about the W3C's OWL semantic web language.
- Voice Recognition Leaps Into Appliances
16 - Voice control, long the stuff of science fiction and computer lab experiments, is poppingup in more and more mundane household devices like clock radios, MP3 players,television remotes, telephones and light switches.
- Furrybot to Watch Over You
18 - A furry, robotic teddy bear that can alert doctors to a medicalemergency is the latest in elderly care management to come outof Japan.
- Lord of the Robots
17 - "The director ofMIT's ArtificialIntelligence Labsays the age ofsmart, mobilemachines isalready beginning.You just have toknow where to findthem—say, in oilwells." (Technology Review)
- Are You Being Served?
20 - "A new breed ofcustomer serviceagents will be soattentive to yourneeds that you’llnever guess you’retalking to software." (Technology Review)
- Point, Shoot and Translate Into English
17 - IBM researchers have develope a prototype system which can be used to provide travelers with translations of foreign language signs and other short texts. An Ipaq with a small camera is used to capture an image of the sign which is wirelessly transered to a server which OCRs the text, translates it and sends back the translation.
- IM Gains More Virtual Agents
19 - Artificial Life Inc., which until now has provided intelligent agents for Web sites and electronic customer-relationship management (eCRM) applications, said it has released a new IM interface module for its SmartEngine technology, as well as for its ALife's WebGuide product line andeCRM suite.
- Linkrot considered harmful
19 - Linkrot has been a growing problem since the conception of theworld wide web, and the problem has attracted attention frominternet watchers in very high places.Some believe that the only solution will be the evolution of a'semantic' internet which allows machines to process and'understand' data rather than merely display it. ..."
- Software agents on TV set-top boxes
55 - "A team of computer scientists at BIAP Systems, a provider of intelligent software for multiple computing devices, has successfully embedded artificial-intelligence-based software on broadband television set-top boxes, it was announced today. "
- Robotic Geraldo headed for Afghanistan?
16 - "Do androids dream of First Amendment rights? A Net-controlled robot reporter from MIT may be headed for Afghanistan."
- Say Hello To Asimo
18 - "The household robot has been a central idea of science fiction fordecades. As with so many facets of science fiction in recent years,science fact is starting to catch up. ... Honda hopes to sellthousands of Asimo units to people with disabilities who need a littlehelp around the house. So far, this robot seems up to the task. It canclimb and descend stairs (with the help of special markers), shakehands and, at 4 feet tall and 115 pounds, is too short and light to beconsidered threatening." (Forbes)
- AI Reboots
18 - "Artificial intelligence" used to mean robots that think like people; now it means software for rejecting junke-mail. Low expectations could yield better applications, sooner." (Technology Review)
- USPTO issues patent for "Universal machine translator of arbitrary languages"
20 - The USPTO has issues (Jan 22, 2002) a patent for technology of amazing breadth and scope -- intelligent machines -- to William Datig.
- reproducing robots
18 - You make my heart beep -- Scientists are experimenting with robots that willeventually be able to reproduce (Guardian).
- Reputation helps solve tragedy of common
15 - The problem of sustaining a public resource that everybody is free to overuse—the'tragedy of the commons'—emerges in many social dilemmas, such as our inability tosustain the global climate.
- Algorithm makes tongue tree
19 - To date, unlike us, computers havestruggled to differentiate a page of Jane Austen from one by Jackie Collins. Now researchers in Italy have developed a program that can spot enough subtle differences between twoauthors' works to attribute authorship.
- The Urge to Punish Cheats: Not Just Human, but Selfless
21 - Only recently have researchers realized that a willingness, even eagerness, to punish transgressors of the socialcompact is at least as important to the maintenance of social harmony as are regular displays of commonhuman decency. In an article titled "Altruistic Punishment in Humans," which appears in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Nature,Dr. Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich and Dr. Simon Gachter of the University of St. Gallen inSwitzerland offer evidence that people will seek to punish a cheat even when the punishment is costly to themand offers no material benefit — the very definition of altruism. The researchers propose that the threat ofsuch punishment may have been crucial to the evolution of human civilization and all its concomitantachievements.
- When Nerds Collide: Bots in the Ring
19 - There are now at least three televisionshows with battling robots, including two versions of "Robot Wars" on CNNand "Robotica" on The Learning Channel. In Japan, robot sumo is so popularthat the championship draws thousands of people.David Calkins, president of the Robotics Society of America and anunabashed proselytizer for robot competition, said of the world of fightingbots, "In 10 years, it will be bigger than Nascar."
- Teaching Robot Dogs New Tricks (SciAm)
18 - Aibo, the Sony Corporation's popular robot dog, has delighted scores of critics and consumerssince its introduction. But the plastic pup has also caused its creators some grief. Sony iscurrently struggling to resolve a copyright dispute that centers on the work of a quirky hackerknown only as AiboPet. The controversy poses serious questions about the proper use ofrobots in homes and exposes a potentially stifling effect of the U.S. Digital MillenniumCopyright Act (DMCA) of 1998.
37 - The ebiquity.org is aa portal maintained by the UMBC mobile computing research group that has news and articles relevant to mobilecomputing, wireless technology and pervasive computing, much ofit with an intelligent agents spin. You can visitthis page to see, post, and engage in discussions around news itemsand articles on all aspects of mobile computing.
- Computer augmented therapy for depression and anxiety
19 - Aninnovative new computerprogram called Beatingthe Blues claims to beable to help patientssuffering fromdepression and anxiety.But can a machine reallybe a replacement forface-to-face treatment?