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Newsletter March 18, 2002

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Artificial intelligence to fight handicaps

Technology is A Good Thing. It enables us to communicate more quickly, to work faster, to process multiple giga-octets in a thousandth of a secondů We are all in awe before the progress made by human genius. But technology is even better when it plays a humanitarian role and actively helps our fellow citizens in their daily lives.

Artificial intelligence, domotics and intelligent agents know how to work for elderly and handicapped people. For example, the observation of a person's activities over a long period of time means that captors in an intelligent house are able detect any health problems among its occupants. This kind of system helps elderly people who want to remain independent but require constant medical attention to remain in their own homes in total safety. Then there is the "pill pet" developed at MIT. This robot dog, besides its entertainment value, reminds its masters to take their medicine at the right time. These inventions, although still being researched, should rapidly move on to the industrial exploitation phase, and bring assistance to those that need it the most.

It is clear that there is a high level of demand in this area and that there are potential applications for all types of needs. In the United Kingdom, the use of virtual humans to interpret sign language is being considered, as a means of increasing communication between people with hearing difficulties and the rest of the world. Initially tested in post offices, the system could be extended if successful.

Technology is often described as a generator of divides and inequalities, but it can also be used to help out where there is a need. That seems only right.


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> Trout's Internet Clock
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> That Computer Looks Great on You,1282,50975,00.html
The human body is being broken down, analyzed and reimagined as part of an effort to build a better wearable computer. Using the contours and movement of the human body to improve technology, the government, private corporations and universities are creating new products -- usually a blend of hardware and software -- that will radically reshape how people interact with themselves and the world around them.

> Artificial Intelligence Software to Work on Broadband TV Set-Top Box
A team of computer scientists at BIAP Systems, a provider of intelligent software for multiple computing devices, has successfully embedded artificial-intelligence-based software on broadband television set-top boxes. The embedding of BIAP software on current generation digital set-top boxes marks the first time that a software application based on intelligent agents and artificial intelligence has been made to run on a set-top.
"The significance of this achievement is that we can now do some amazing things without additional hardware," said Aaron Ye, chief technology officer, BIAP.

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