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The future of technology is soft

The marriage of fabrics and electronics is making soft technology a reality. UK company ElectroTextiles makes fabric interfaces which are soft, flexible and lightweight, such as keyboards for PDAs and mobile phones, or car seats that automatically detect the body shape and weight of their user, and adjust themselves accordingly. In the future, this technology could be directly integrated into everyday clothes.
Earlier this year, ElectroTextiles took part in an exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art, showing that technological innovation and creative design go hand in hand.

The Learning Machine Challenge

Could you play a game without knowing the rules or your opponent? Could you create a software program able to do so? That is the challenge laid down by A-I, an Israeli company that is offering $2000 to the creator of the winning program. The game will involve using symbols to represent moves, and contestants will need to autonomously learn the rules and identify strategies for victory as the game proceeds. This competition, which runs until January 1 2002, will give A-I an opportunity to evaluate the state of the art in machine learning systems today.

Multi-Agent Systems and Applications

(ed. M. Luck, V. Marik, O. Stepankova, R. Trappl)
This book presents selected tutorial lectures given at the summer school on Multi-Agent Systems and Their Applications held in Prague, Czech Republic, in July 2001 under the sponsorship of ECCAI and Agent Link. The 20 lectures by leading researchers in the field give a competent state-of-the-art account of research and development in the area of multi-agent systems and advanced applications. The book has sections on the foundations of MAS; social behaviour, meta-reasoning, and learning; and applications.

Verbmobil: mobile translation by telephone

Automatic text translation has not always been able to deliver on its promises, but the creators of Verbmobil claim that it is 90% accurate. What's more, you can access its translations over a mobile phone, by dialing a special number. The result of research by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Verbmobil can translate between English, German, Chinese and Japanese. It is claimed that, although the system is not yet perfect, mistakes in spoken language are much easier to cope with than in written form.

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