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EDITORIAL
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Getting organized with agents

The barriers are crumbling between the Web and personal information on your hard disk, as we advance towards total integration of the Internet and everyday technology. The distinction between life 'on-line' and 'off-line' is tending to disappear. Equally, what were once the specificities of the Internet - mind-blowing quantities of information, difficulty in finding your way around so much content and of keeping track of changes - are echoed in the mass of information that now characterises our professional and personal lives. Very naturally, agent technologies, developed to answer the questions posed by the Internet, are following this movement.

Copernic, a heavyweight in the world of on-line information research, is a good bellwether. Its new tool, Copernic Empower, uses agent technologies to help businesses index, retrieve and summarize the multitude of documents that they possess across the organization.

For individuals, agents like Enfish OneSpace offer an integrated workspace for managing personal information seamlessly, whether it be found in e-mails, Web pages or documents in various formats. Elsewhere, the family of desktop agents, such as Butterfly or the IVOS (Intelligent Voice Operating System) presents a new way of interacting with the content of your computer.

So if you feel like you are drowning in the rising tide of information, come and take a look at the agents that could arrive in time to save you!

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SPECIAL REPORT
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> Chatterbots: what, when, where?
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/chatterbox_challenge/chatterbot1.html
AgentLand's very own chatterbot, Cybelle, creates a mixture of curiosity, amusement, frustration and desire among the people that talk to her. But she is just one of a large and ever-growing family of chatterbots. Come and discover the world of chatterbots : Who are they ? How are they existing ? How to get your own chatterbot ? (...) You will find answers to these questions through our special report.

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AGENT NEWS
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>> Form Filling <<

> Fix available for Gator bug
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/173.html
A security flaw in the popular form-filling software, Gator, has just been discovered by Eyeonsecurity.com. A malicious programmer could use the ActiveX plug-in that manages the download of the software to install a Trojan Horse virus. A security update has been issued by the Gator company, which you can download at http://www.gator.com/update/.

>> Virtual Humans <<

> New agent: Virtual Woman
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/613.html
Your girlfriend just got some competition. In this Virtual Reality Game, build and compete against Virtual Women with full artificial intelligence, choose ethnic type, personality, location, clothing etc. Throw away solitaire forever!

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
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> Internet Search ActiveX
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/614.html
Internet Search ActiveX is a simple and reliable way to query multiple search engines simultaneously, and to add any HTML searchable sources to your queries, right from your Windows application.

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TECHNOLOGIES
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> Digital characters 'talk' to the deaf
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1848431.stm
Using digital avatars as signing translators could significantly expand the ways deaf and hard of hearing people communicate with the hearing world. With a computer screen displaying the signing avatar, a deaf or hard of hearing person can communicate with a postal worker and complete their transactions.

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