SWURL: lifestream service will create a centralized blog for you (and show a timeline like this)Finally – all in one place, full length, full size and formatted like a blog. Share your blog posts, bookmarks, notes, pictures, and all the stuff from other people (even FriendFeed) in Swurl and you’ve got yourself a nice centralized blog feeding off your several services (from Amazon over Flickr/Picasa to YouTube, even Facebook, Netflix, Last.fm and many more). Here’s my centralized blog made by Swurl. Here’s Techcrunch’s view

SWURL: lifestream service will create a centralized blog for you (and show a timeline like this)
Finally – all in one place, full length, full size and formatted like a blog. Share your blog posts, bookmarks, notes, pictures, and all the stuff from other people (even FriendFeed) in Swurl and you’ve got yourself a nice centralized blog feeding off your several services (from Amazon over Flickr/Picasa to YouTube, even Facebook, Netflix, Last.fm and many more). Here’s my centralized blog made by Swurl. Here’s Techcrunch’s view

Eye Gaze Interaction with Second Life. Rapid Gaze Based Interaction Techniques with on-line virtual environments for motor-impaired users, using the contact-free Tobii device. It’s a great step towards a better (social) life for motor-impaired people who are not able to move in any way and therefore lack social interaction (except with their family and clinic personnell). It’s my firm belief and hope that SL and similar virtual worlds will greatly improve the life of people with those disabilities.   Stephen Vickers | De Montfort University

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Teaching AI to be Sociable – MIT Media Lab’s robot ready for Turing test this fall

“Eddie”, the robot AI showing social awereness in Second Life in March 2008

IEEE Spectrum writes about two different approaches to artificial intelligences that can respond intuitively to our needs. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has built Eddie, an AI that resides in the virtual world of Second Life and harnesses the power of a supercomputer to analyze a library of rules about human thinking. The other, MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group, has built Leonardo, who is due for his first Turing test (if a human judge can’t tell the difference between another human and the AI through online conversation, then the bot will have passed the test). IEEE Spectrum: Teaching AI to be Sociable

Meanwhile, visionary artist and virtual world veteran Mark Stephen Meadows (author of “I, Avatar – The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life” – must read not only for VE and SL enthusiasts) works on avatars with a personality in his company Echo & Shadow. They provide tools to create “actors” – interactive characters, such as avatars, that are driven by artificial intelligence. If you want to know more about their approach and how you might profit from their development please feel free to contact me (I’m German/ich spreche deutsch, ist ja manchmal einfacher bei solch komplexen Themen ;-).

All about Metaverse, AI and Augmented Reality in Spectrum’s Singularity Special Report

All about Metaverse, AI and Augmented Reality in Spectrum’s Singularity Special Report
IEEE Spectrum has a fantastic special edition on the Singularity just released in June 2008. For all readers who are into deep future, Metaverse, Multiverse, AI and Augmented Reality. Excellent artcicles, one by Vernor Vinge, famous award-winning author (recently: Rainbows End, must read)