|Newsletter May 07, 2001
AGENTLAND NEWSLETTER May 07, 2001
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Spielberg's A.I.: a vision of the future?
You cried when you saw ET, held your breath watching Indiana Jones and felt
your heart wrench at Schindler's List. Now, Steven Spielberg is about to
release his latest movie, "A.I.", which deserves your attention for many
reasons, not least that it was originally a cherished project of the late
"A.I." stands for artificial intelligence, a theme at the heart of
AgentLand. Its main character is a little artificial boy desperately trying
to discover how to earn his human mother's love. Still shrouded in mystery,
our special report brings you all the available information about the movie,
its plot and cast members, as well as presenting the genesis of the project,
pictures and trailers.
This time, the show is not just on the big screen, but on the Internet too.
One of the biggest viral marketing operations ever seen is currently
underway on the Web, involving a complex game somehow connected to the
movie. Set in the 22nd century in a post-Global Warming world, artificial
intelligence has become fully-integrated into people's lives, homes and even
bodies. By following clues and solving puzzles, you are drawn ever deeper
into a network of enigmatic Web sites, characters and organizations, both
pro- and anti-AI. Magnificently orchestrated, the end is not known (yet!),
but it promises to be spectacular.
To help you understand the game as it unfolds, Cybelle herself has taken up
the detective role. She's already sketched out the background for you, and
will report regularly to keep you up to date and help you take part in the
This is your chance to be in the front-line of a new cultural phenomenon
imagined by Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg, which is bringing
artificial intelligence to the forefront of the public imagination. Make
sure to be at the cutting edge with AgentLand!
Discover the A.I. universe on Agentland:
A G E N T U P D A T E S
>> MP3 <<
AudioLocator software, the MP3 search tool, is no longer available for download, however it is still available to use for all current users. With the launch of a new audiolocator.com website, you can still search for music files with a free, web-based version of AudioLocator. This will be the same powerful search tool, except web-based instead of software-based.
>> Web position <<
TopDog, the Web position agent, has been updated. Many search engines have been added such us Alta Vista Suisse, Sympatico-Lycos English, Vinden.nl Japan and Yahoo Norge. Some engines have also been removed or updated: hitsgalore.com and Zipee, which are no longer online, have been removed; QuePasa.com, which no longer has a search feature; removed submission support for Go.com, which has stopped accepting submissions; Updated query driver for Lycos; etc.
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WebVCR is an offline browser designed by NetResults Corporation that enables you to record pages from the web and then play them back anytime, anywhere.
> Keep a watch on your home via Internet
The i-Watch service enables you to access images sent from your i-Guard safety equipment in real time from any PC connected to the Internet and equipped with a browser, wherever you are, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
According to a professional, more than 9 out of every 10 alarms are false alarms (you didn't disconnect your alarm when arriving home, you made an error in the code...) and do not justify sending a guard to the house.
When an alarm goes off, you are immediately informed by e-mail and on your cellular phone. The interactive video system allows you to operate the cameras by remote control and to react more quickly.
> "Elan Informatique" launches PocketSpeech the new text-to-speech product for Pocket PC(TM)
"Elan informatique", a supplier of Text-To-Speech (TTS) software, announced PocketSpeech, the new text-to-speech product for Pocket PC(TM).
PocketSpeech will read any text out loud, smoothly recognizing abbreviations, numbers, currencies and proper names. PocketSpeech speaks 6 languages with 12 different voices.
Keeping track of the news, traffic reports, weather forecasts, plane or concert reservations, stock market updates or e-mails: users can hear everything they want to know without interrupting other activities.
> Your Internet Enabled Device saves energy!
Some 500 Houston-area households (USA) will soon be part of an energy-saving pilot program that enables consumers to control their thermostats via the Internet. The program will allow thermostats to be adjusted from almost anywhere, with any Internet-enabled device. The program will be launched this summer by The New Power Company™, and its partners. For the typical household, the three-month pilot could result in up to 10-15 percent utility bill savings based on personal usage and home size.
> eLiza project: your server becomes autonomous
Project eLiza is working toward systems using artificial intelligence that can configure, optimise, heal, and protect themselves, while the user focuses on the more significant things.
In five years, given the rapid proliferation of technology and the growing shortage of trained systems administrators, the majority of corporations will not be able to manage their systems using the current computing technologies. Project eLiza's goal is to give businesses the ability to manage systems and technology infrastructures that are hundreds of times more complex than those in existence today.
> Remote monitor your home or office
Keep watch of your house while on vacation, make sure the kids don't get into trouble by watching their play areas, remotely monitor dangerous, hazardous and inhospitable industrial areas or maintain a safe and secure office from the comfort of your computer.
Video VoxPhoneMONITOR lets you aim the camera where you'd like to watch. You can actually see and hear the areas you are monitoring live, in real-time and full motion. The only limitations are from your Internet Service Provider's available bandwidth. The higher-speed the bandwidth, the better the images are.
> Dance of the water spiders
Eight giant robotic spiders, programmed with artificial instincts (and painted in Beetle colors by Scott Volkswagen), will dart about a Charles River cove (USA) in a spirited ballroom dance of avoidance on May 6th 2001. Pioneer cyberartist, Remo Campopiano, designed and built the spiders with the help of the Robotics Art Club of New England, a group of 10-13 year olds. The spiders will be dancing to an original composition by composer/conductor, Ernesto Klar.
> Multiagent Robotic Systems by Jiming Liu
This book provides a guided tour of the pioneering work and major technical issues, Multiagent Robotic Systems addresses learning and adaptation in decentralized autonomous robots. Its systematic examination demonstrates the interrelationships between the autonomy of individual robots and the emerged global behavior properties of a group performing a cooperative task. The author also includes descriptions of the essential building blocks of the architecture of autonomous mobile robots with respect to their requirement on local behavioral conditioning and group behavioral evolution. The book costs $89.95 and it will be published during this month (May 2001).
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