Archive for September, 2006

AIAI2 on Second Life

September 16, 2006

I blogged previously about Austin Tate at Edinburgh’s Aritificial Intelligence Applications Institute being intested in Second Life. They’ve set up their stall now, with a page announcing AIAI2 on SL.

The Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI) in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is just establishing an office in Second Life. This will be used to explore technology transfer and AI applications in Virtual Community Sims. Watch this space for more details as the project becomes established.

Will definitely be watching that space!

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One Laptop Per Child keyboards

September 16, 2006

Glad to see Chris Blizzard blogging about keyboard trials for One Laptop Per Child / OLPC / $100 Laptop.

Keyboard design is a critical variable, and it was interesting to see a posting from the TypeMatrix people about their attempt at an RSI-busting layout.

Hmmm… must get OLPC/Blizzard to hook up with KAZ to ensure some decent keyboard training embedded in the laptop … I hope Chris and Mark are both reading this – shout if I can help you hook up!

😉

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“At least the OTHER tower is still standing.”

September 11, 2006


I was in such a state of shock and/or denial after the first World Trade Center tower collapsed on September 11, 2001, that I remember very clearly thinking to myself “at least the OTHER tower is still standing.” Things appeared to be about as bad they could possibly get, but at least there was still hope for a few thousand as-yet-stranded individuals. All the evidence right before our CNN-fed eyes was exactly the opposite, but even when confronted with ovewhelming evidence of further doom just minutes away, my mind insisted on clutching to (or indeed weaving) a thread of hope.

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Outlook calendar widget parsing challenge

September 6, 2006

Here’s a challenge I issued to some colleagues some time ago, but it fell off the stack due to other commitments, and is still unsolved to my knowledge.

[UPDATE: Forgot to say that I already wrote about this much more clearly in an earlier posting, including discussion of the Google Calendar ‘quick add’ natural language parsing widget. Read my original “Calendar widget challenge”, 21st May 2006.]

Or… continue to read what I just wrote, having been freshly-annoyed by the problem (and therefore decided to offer a small prize)…
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