|Newsletter April 23, 2001
AGENTLAND NEWSLETTER April 23, 2001
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Don't be troubled by speed limits
Surfing the Internet has become an almost daily activity for you. You use it for checking your e-mail, ordering CDs, managing your bank account, reserving train tickets, taking part in games on-line (...): any excuse is good for a little connection. But "little" connection doesn't necessarily mean "quick" connection. In fact, it can often be very slow, making it difficult to consult web sites. In this case, there are only two solutions to deal with your stress level as it shoots into the red:
a- dash down to the nearest yoga club and learn to handle your stress with a smile (breathe inÖ)
b- dash down to AgentLand and leave stress behind definitively, by downloading accelerating agents
Without wanting to deny the virtues of yoga, the second solution has a number of clear advantages.
The fact is, accelerators can considerably improve your browsing speed on the Web. They are based on the principal of anticipation, making use of your modem's idle time (which can be up to 60% of an Internet session) to download links from the page that you are currently reading. When you click on one of the links, you see its content immediately because your browser doesn't need to go and fetch the corresponding pages from the Internet. They are already stocked on your hard drive. Totally customisable, you decide what you want to download and how.
So move up into a higher gear and discover all the accelerators available on AgentLand, while staying zen†;-)†:
N E W A G E N T S
>> Content Gathering <<
> News Clipper
News Clipper allows you to integrate information from around the internet into your own personal web page. It takes retrieve information from pages that you define and send them to destination pages of your design.
WebFetch is a Open Source tool that retrieves information from local files and/or the web for display on the web or export to other sites. Its use is oriented around periodically automatically updated information on a web server.
>> Development Tools <<
JADE (Java Agent DEvelopment Framework) is a software that simplifies the implementation of multi-agent systems through a middle-ware that claims to comply with the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) specifications and through a set of tools that supports the debugging and deployment phase.
ZEUS is open source software that provides a library of software components and tools that facilitate the rapid design, development and deployment of agent systems. It includes 3 tools: the agent component library, the agent building tools and the visualization tools.
> Comet Way JAK
The Comet Way JAK makes easy to develop agent-based components that are modular, reusable, extendable, reliable, and intuitive. The JAK provides an agent-application model which makes it easy to combine these components in various configurations for extreme flexibility in function and compatibility, without making significant demands on platform-specific features or limiting compatibility with existing Java platforms.
>> Shopbots <<
PillBot.com assists consumers in obtaining competitive pricing when shopping for online prescriptions. It is possible to search for a brand name or generic drug. PillBot will show you the best prices.
>> Referencing <<
ProMoteur is software that submits your site to more than 200 french search engines and directories. You can also promote your web site using a database with 450 URLs of promotion sites.
SERanker is a Website promotion and search engine positioning tool. It's designed for webmasters to better understand their place among various search engines on the Internet.
A G E N T U P D A T E S
>> Metasearch <<
> Strategic Finder
Strategic Finder has released the new version 2.1. It allows you to enter a single query to consult several hundred professional search engines on the Net at the same time. Strategic Finder stores search data on your hard disk, filters them automatically, classifies and presents them in a form that facilitates comparison.
>> Accelerator <<
webROCKET automatically turbo charges your Internet connection by boosting Internet data transport efficiency. This accelerator is available in a new version 2001. It adapts your modem or high-speed connection to its maximum potential.
>> Auctions <<
AuctionTamer, the customized tabbed Internet browser with a built-in auction item watch list, has added a new feature: the auction-posting. This feature allows you to post items to various auction sites with ease. No HTML knowledge is required. But if you know HTML then you can design your own auction templates for your own custom look.
>> Referencing <<
The new version of AddWeb Pro, the agent that allows you to automatically submit and rank your site, includes many new features. The "SiteStats LIVE" feature now shows nationality of your visitors, shows breakdown of web browsers your visitor's use and shows the top sites directing traffic to your site. With The "Page Advisor" feature, you can now analyse your web pages (and doorway pages) for search engine readiness and compare your web page readiness to that of your competition.
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> The Strange Population of Hypernetworks by JoŽl de Rosnay
The virtual worlds of cyberspace are populated by electronic beings that are essential to the real-time functioning of society. The most widespread of these are intelligent agents living in symbiosis with human beings.
DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
ePrompter is an email notification utility that automatically checks up to eight AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, Mail.com, email.com and POP3 email accounts at the same time, featuring a unique email notification screensaver and rotating tray icon.
> Friendly AI: The Analysis and Design of Benevolent Goal Architectures
Friendly AI is an essay that describes the design features and cognitive architecture required to produce a benevolent - "Friendly" - Artificial Intelligence. Friendly AI also analyzes the ways in which AI and human psychology are likely to differ, and the ways in which those differences are subject to our design decisions.
The current version of Friendly AI is 0.9. It's circulate for open commentary before the official launch, currently scheduled for June.
> The Human Side of Peer to Peer: Where Technology and Conversation Come Together
This white paper outlines the innovations brought about within Web communities as a result of Peer-to-Peer collaboration and networking technologies. "We argue that Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is not just about technology but also describes a type of human interaction that is characterized by spontaneity, flexibility, immediacy, and directness. This style of interaction is apparent today and will evolve to change business relationships in the future."
> AIBO: house train your dog!
Sony has released the Aibo Master Studio software suite for Aibo ERS-210 owners. It gives AIBO its very own personality. With this tool, Aibo owners can create behaviors (programs), as well as actions (movement, sound and light). These programs are then downloaded onto Sony's proprietary flash memory card, called the Memory Stick, and inserted into an AIBO.
> Multiagent Systems Research Group - Washington University
The Multiagent Systems Research Group, under the direction of Assistant Professor Tuomas Sandholm, is concerned with designing, analyzing and implementing sophisticated AI systems consisting of multiple agents. Special focus is on the coordination of self-interested agents in open systems.
> Pivotal and Hewlett-Packard for intelligent Customer Relation Management
Pivotal corporation announced a strategic agreement with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to jointly sell, market and service the Pivotal Demand Chain Network solution suite to the European, Middle-East and African (EMEA) markets. Pivotal offers products to automate all facets of marketing, sales and customer service relationships between company employees, business partners and customers to manage all your valued business.
> Ericsson and Samsung Team For Bluetooth Devices
Ericsson has signed a contract with Samsung Electronics to incorporate Bluetooth technology into Samsung's semiconductor products and devices such as mobile phones and PDAs.
"The decision to go with the Bluetooth wireless technology from Ericsson was made after a thorough evaluation of the Bluetooth intellectual property solutions was completed. It was chosen because of its quality, completeness and the maturity of the solution. Naturally, we were also impressed by the wide support of Bluetooth functionality and profiles." Said Hyung Lae Roh, executive vice-president and general manager of Samsung Electronics' System LSI Business.
CONFERENCES - WORKSHOP
> 10th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems
The 10th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (MAAMAW'01) will be held on 2-4 May 2001 at Annecy, France.
The topics of MAAMAW'01 will be around the environmental aspects of multi-agent systems, the coordination and multi-agent planning, the multi-agent systems learning, the multi-agent systems methodology, the social aspects of multi-agent systems, etc.
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