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May-11
2001
Songbird: the Napster's spy

Songbird is a software tool that helps music copyright owners - including artists, songwriters, publishers, producers and record companies - find out how their music copyrights are being infringed in the on-line world. It is particularly useful for artists and independent record companies who are not part of the Napster litigation in the United States, putting them in a better position to identify unauthorized files on the Napster network.

May-11
2001
Talk to your TV!

SURF (Simple User interface to Retrieve Favorites) is a system that enables you to speak with your television. Connect to Internet, ask for your favorite movie, etc; with your voice only. It was developed in the Computer Human Interaction Center (CHIC!) who specializes in the research, design, development, and evaluation of new styles of user interfaces to complex systems. SURF uses speech recognition and natural language processing technologies.

May-11
2001
Artificial Intelligence Lab

Located at the University of Arizona, in the Management Information Systems Department, the Artificial Intelligence Lab, headed by Dr. Hsinchun Chen, is an internationally-known research group in the areas of digital libraries, intelligent retrieval, collaborating computing, and knowledge management. The group is distinguished for its adaptation and development of scalable and practical artificial intelligence, neural networks, genetic algorithms, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, and visualization techniques.technologies.

May-10
2001
Gossip: he will never come back again

Tryllian Gossip, the personal agent on the Internet, has been discontinued and is therefore no longer available for download. Tryllian are finishing work on a new free mobile agent application that will soon appear on Agentland.

May-10
2001
A very intelligent camera

By recognizing both visual and audio cues, a self-aiming camera being developed at the University of Illinois can tell the difference between an airplane and an albatross.
The camera system, which could find use as an intelligent sentinel in sensitive military applications, originally was built to demonstrate the versatility of a simulated neural network.

May-10
2001
Speech Synthesis and Recognition

The book "Speech Synthesis and Recognition" By John Holmes and Wendy Holmes is an easy to read introduction to the subjects of generating and interpreting speech for those who have no experience and wish to specialize in the area, and also for professionals in related fields. The book costs $32.99 and has been published on February 2001.

May-10
2001
The Artificial Intelligence Group

The Artificial Intelligence Group is one of the larger groups in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is pursuing a broad range of topics that include knowledge representation, learning, vision, reasoning, robotics, information systems, and planning. These directly relate to two of the Institute's themes: biological intelligence and human-computer intelligent interaction. These themes permeate the group's studies, including numerous interactions with outside faculty. Application areas include molecular biology, manufacturing, control theory, and scheduling.

May-09
2001
Aibo reads the email for you

Sony Corp. unveiled software that will enable its Aibo robots to read e-mail messages and Web pages.
The software Aibo Messenger works with a wireless LAN (local area network) card, giving Aibo, the ability to inform owners that e-mail has arrived, to read the contents of a message, and to convey text-based information such as news and weather from home pages.
Aibo Messenger, which will be available for order in Japan on May 11 and in the United States starting in July, will be able to read e-mail or preselected Web pages in Japanese or English in six different male or female voices.

May-09
2001
Workshop on Ontologies in Agent Systems

The Workshop on Ontologies in Agent Systems (OAS2001) will be held on May 29, 2001 at Montreal, Canada.
OAS2001 will provide a forum for the discussion and comparison of different approaches to the representation of ontologies for agent systems, the practical considerations of designing applications using these techniques and the infrastructural support required for their effective use. It will also address the implications of the current diversity of ontology representation languages and the degree to which standardization can or should be achieved.

May-09
2001
Aimster counter-attacks

Aimster, publishers of the file sharing program of the same name, has brought an action against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Aimster's management had received a letter from the RIAA summoning them to block the sharing of copyrighted files. The company has asked the federal court of New York to give a judgement attesting that it does not violate the American law on the copyright. "We would have to spy on our customers", explains the spokesman of Aimster, Johnny Deep. "It would be a completely inappropriate use of our capacity to decode users' messages". To share files and to communicate via Aimster, you have to be a member of an encrypted private network of users.

May-07
2001
The first Cyborg couple

Surgeons are preparing to create the first husband and wife cyborgs: they intend to implant computer chips in a British professor and his wife to see if they can communicate sensation and movement by thought alone.
In the experiment Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at Reading University, and his wife, Irena, will have silicon chips about 2in long implanted in their arms just above the elbow. Each chip will also have a power source, a tuner and a radio transceiver. They will be surgically connected to nerve fibres in the couple's arms.
The signals from Warwick will be converted to radio waves and transmitted to a computer which will re- transmit them to the chip in Irena. Warwick believes that when he moves his own fingers, his brain will also be able to move Irena's.

May-07
2001
8th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law

The 8th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL-2001) will be held on May 21-25, 2001 at St. Louis, USA. It will be under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL), an organization devoted to promoting research and development in the field of AI and Law with members throughout the world. ICAIL-2001 provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications and stimulates interdisciplinary and international collaboration.

May-07
2001
The "Open Directory" by Metahoo

Metahoo, the metasearch engine, has added a new search feature. You can now use Metahoo to search using the "Open Directory" resources. The metasearch engine of Metahoo presents results by relevance and source. You can also search in different categories: the Web, news, MP3, jobs, auctions and forums.

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