|Newsletter May 27, 2002
o Article of the week
o Chatterbox Challenge
o Agent News
o Download of the week
I summarize therefore I am
Who has never let out a cry of despair or a discouraged groan in front of their computer screen at the sight of a information-rich table of contents that they will never have the time or energy to read all of? Haven't you ever felt a feeling of frustration when you launch a search query and see hundreds of references come up, knowing that you will only be able to view a few dozen of them? The Internet user, that creature of modern times, is often bulimic about information: he or she has to be able to read everything, to take in everything… Unfortunately, the Internet user is above all a human being, and the Web is not exactly miniscule. Some people could be tempted to despair. But wait!
But wait: each problem has its solution, or rather, its agent. Software publishers have had the ingenious idea of developing intelligent software able to summarize the content of a text. To sum up (sic): you are browsing a Web page that you don't have the time to read fully. With a click of the mouse, you can drastically cut down the length of the text! Reduced to a few lines, you have easy access to the essential parts of the document. Then it's up to you to navigate from article to article, from link to link, and when one of the summaries grabs your attention, to devour the full content of the text!
Automatic summarizer agents:
ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
> ImageWolf: the image you need!
Are you a fan of Brad Pitt or Penelope Cruz, and want to find images of your idols? Do you have a presentation to make and need some graphics to illustrate it? Then ImageWolf should interest you, it's a search tool dedicated to finding images and videos on the Web.
> Chatterbox Challenge Update
At the end of the public voting, 12 bots will go forward to the
playoffs, where they will be confronted with the expert jury. How
are the judges going to select the best overall chatterbot? What are
they looking for in the winner of the Chatterbox Challenge? Some
judges reveal their criteria on the 'News' page of the contest site:
Profiles of the botmasters and the members of the jury:
>> Off-line browsers<<
Bluesquirrel has released a new version of its off-line browser WebWhacker. You can now drag favorites or URLs to WebWhacker to save them permanantly. A new search tool has been also added. WebWhacker monitors Web sites for changes and updates you on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. WebWhacker is not just any site retrieval tool. This new version is available for free trial on Agentland.
>> Website position <<
RankMeter is a software designed to identify the position of your Web sites in search engines. It works with 336 search engines from 37 countries. RankMeter supports two modes of operation: you can find out the position of one site using several sets of search phrases or you can find out positions of several sites using one search phrase
>> Summarizer <<
iXtract automatically extracts and creates summarises based on the meaning and automates the process for Meta Tagging the documents content. It will read the document for you and summarize it into just three or four paragraphs. The summaries are not a related list of keywords, but rather a plain English description of the documents contents.
>> Chatterbots <<
> Mgonz: an aggressive chatterbot!
MGonz, an Eliza-based chatterbot written by Mark Humphrys of Dublin City University, first went live on-line in 1989. Dr. Humphrys says that "the success of [his] MGonz is mainly due to its obscenity and relentless aggression". Since then, the program has been rewritten by Dave O'Connor, who has made it available on-line once more.
> Researchers develop 'sociable' robots
Researchers in the Irish Republic are looking at ways of making robots more lifelike, to make it easier for people to interact with them. Their prototype, called Anthropos, is designed to overcome the barriers between robots and humans. The aim of the project is to use artificial intelligence to create a robot that is friendly and sociable, so that people forget they are talking to a machine.
DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
> The Sleuthhound
Do you ever have trouble remembering where you saved that particular document on your computer? The Sleuthhound will seek it out for you! The Sleuthhound is a personal search engine for your hard disk, giving you instant access to all your documents. Enter a keyword, and the results are displayed in your browser. Your information is now only one click away!
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