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Newsletter July 09, 2001
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AGENTLAND NEWSLETTER July 09, 2001
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o Editorial
o A-I Movie news
o Article of the week
o Agent News
o Download of the week
o Technologies

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EDITORIAL
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New on AgentLand !

Cybelle, our virtual guide, has tested for you all the intelligent agents available for downloading on AgentLand. She has even given each of them a mark between 1 and 5, represented by the AgentLand eye logo next to the agent's name.

Cybelle has left nothing to chance: features, interface, rapidity and user-friendliness have all been put to the test. Like an impartial judge, she holds up the score card for each agent. With a little smile when it is one of her personal favorites.

With Cybelle's help, the AgentLand team is setting out to test more agents from now on. All their secrets will be revealed. The agent laboratory is well worth the detour, a place where you can read the team's opinion regarding both technical matters (downloading, installation…) and the agent' s operation (ease of use, problems, strong points…). By regularly checking our intelligent agent laboratory, you will be kept in touch with news of all the latest agent tests.

Stay tuned! ;-)

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A-I MOVIE NEWS
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> Cybelle's overview of events in the A.I. world
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/artificial_intelligence/update17.html
Reckon the game's getting complex. Can't find your way round the latest sites? Cybelle's on hand to give you the round-up of recent events and to put everything back into perspective. And what has happened to Jeanine Salla?

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ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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> EarthBrowser, a sky-high view of the world's weather
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/articles/earthbrowser.html
Ever wanted to know what the Earth looks like from the stars? EarthBrowser gives you the birds-eye view (should that be the astronauts-eye view?) of Planet Earth. Zoom in on weather conditions around the planet and have the whole world at the end of your fingertips!
EarthBrowser is a weather monitoring agent which allows you to keep track of weather events in the cities and countries of your choice.

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AGENT NEWS
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A G E N T  U P D A T E S

>> File Sharing <<

> KaZaA
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/434.html
KaZaA, the file sharing agent, has been updated. You can now search for files according to their size in the advanced search. The network performance has also been optimized, so searches are faster, and a new feature has been added to increase your privacy protection. In this new version you can list the files held by other users on the network

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
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> FlashGet
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/175.html
FlashGet can split downloaded files into sections, downloading each section simultaneously, for an increase in downloading speed from 100% to 500%. This, coupled with FlashGet's powerful and easy-to-use management features, helps you take control of your downloads and also permits you to resume a download if the connection is broken.

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TECHNOLOGIES
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> PINO the Humanoid Robot
http://www.symbio.jst.go.jp/~tmatsui/pinodesign.htm
Pino is a small humanoid robot whose name and long nose are modeled on Pinocchio. It was developed to take part in the RoboCup Humanoid League. "Our robot is intended to be used as a part of everyday life, and we think it will play a core role in that segment of the market," ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi said.
Pino can walk and move its upper body freely, although its walking capabilities are not yet highly developed.

> Wearable Visual Robots
http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/ActiveVision/Research/WeRo/
Wearable Visual Robots is a research project conducted by the Active Vision Laboratory at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). Its aim is to develop algorithms, methods and hardware in order to create to have a Wearable Robot (WeRo) able to understand with the wearer's world by using artificial vision.

> The ChatterBox Challenge
http://www.oongawa.com/cb/cb_challenge.php
The ChatterBox Challenge is an artificial intelligence contest which will determine who has the best overall bot. In essence, it is an informal version of the Turing Test, geared more for fun rather than a serious scientific project. You will find all kinds of whose ability varies widely from very complex to very simple. The contest is set up in a way that everybody can participate: visitors are invited to chat to different bots and give them marks out of ten in order to determine the eventual winner.

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