13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees
I would like to give up Twitter very much (practically have). Maybe this list can actually help millions of depressed Twitter users (it was on and off again all week) to finally switch to FriendFeed so we can still enjoy their precious tweets… 😉
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
“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 ;-).
Genealogy of Influence viewer
The Genealogy of Influence is an interactive visualization of influence links between historic figures. The Freebase data has been added in 2007 and now includes >1000 people and >2100 connections.
“The best answer to the question, “Will computers ever be as smart as humans?” is probably “Yes, but only briefly”
— IEEE Spectrum: Signs of the Singularity
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)