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January 2001. News and Events -Week 3-
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January
14-2002
Ready for the new and improved Napster?

After six months of wait-and-see promises, Konrad Hilbers, CEO of Napster, is finally giving a preview of what Napster will look like when it officially relaunches. It's still a far cry from what the final service will be, and nowhere near the grassroots phenomenon that only last summer seemed poised to subvert the entire music industry. The public beta test is limited to just 20,000 members and will provide access to just 110,000 independent-label songs.

January
15-2002
The Smartest Agents Will Learn to Be Team Players

You would trust them completely. They'd become your closest confidants. But you wouldn't be able to see or touch them, and unlike some friends or family members, they would never betray you. Welcome to the future of "smart agents". This new breed of technology uses small software programs built with artificial intelligence to make independent decisions, like automatically searching for and purchasing specific kinds of products on the Web, or deciding what stocks to buy and sell in your financial portfolio.

January
16-2002
Facial recognition technology: an ACLU special report

Since September 11, facial recognition systems -- computer programs that analyse images of human faces gathered by video surveillance cameras -- are being increasingly discussed and occasionally deployed, largely as a means for combating terrorism. They are being set up in several airports around the United States. The technology is not just being used in places where terrorists are likely to strike, however: in Tampa, Florida, it is also being aimed at citizens on public streets. The report explains the problems encountered with facial recognition technology.

January
17-2002
MyAuctionMate

Why spend countless hours posting auctions, corresponding to auction winners, and attending to business, when MyAuctionMate can automate all these chores and many more! This agent is an auction management tool for Ebay.

January
18-2002
Swarms Of Tiny Robots To Monitor Water Pollution

The University of Southern California School of Engineering has received a $1.5 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to create swarms of microscopic robots to monitor potentially dangerous microorganisms in the ocean.
The project spans the fields of nanotechnology, robotics, computer science and marine biology, but is centered on the development of the ultra-small robotic sensors and software systems to control them

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