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The L.A. Times reports that an artificial intelligence system called Cyc (short for "encyclopedia") will make its public debut later this summer. Cyc has been in development for 17 years, and it seems to be able to conduct reference interviews of sorts.
The full story also summarizes A.I. history. By the way, the developers have taught Cyc that killing is worse than lying, so we won\'t have a HAL on our hands.
Here\'s A Short story on a fungus that eats compact discs.
Nicholson Baker may have a bigger point than many had thought. They discovered a fungus in Belize that was steadily eating through the supposedly indestructible disc. The fungus had burrowed into the CD from the outer edge, then devoured the thin aluminium layer and some of the data-storing polycarbonate resin.
The first of its kind in the nation, this 24-hour virtual help desk, located at the Cleveland Ohio Public Library, hopes to attract new clients. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch. To visit the virtual help desk, Click Here.
Slashdot told me about another cool story. This time NewScientist is running a Story on EInk. They say they have succeeded in making electronic paper work in full color. They say Laptops, palmtops and cellphones with rigid electronic paper screens will be on the market within the next two years.
Coming soon, eNewsPapers, eFoldUpBooks, ePaper?
The Center for Studying PlagiarismThe goal of this web site is to help reduce the impact of plagiarism on education and educational institutions. At present, it distributes free software
to detect plagiarism and is gathering information on peoples’ experiences with plagiarism. The site’s author is Lou Bloomfield, Professor of Physics,
University of Virginia
Part One: Anonymous Survey of Personal Experiences with Plagiarism
Part Two: Software to detect plagiarism
Professors are afraid they make it too easy for students to plagiarize and the sparten collections and impending dot-doom that hovers over them leaves academic librarians uneasy about using them.
This is the best look at this topic I\'ve read to date, check it out if this area is of interest.
\"Library users, he says, like being able to look online to see what an e-book offers. But many apparently looked only long enough to decide if it was worth walking to the library to do what students and professors have traditionally done -- check out a good, old-fashioned book\"
John Guscott says his report you may have seen here
before was updated on May
1 and has doubled in length.
Read the full report for an interesting look
into the future. They\'ve selected crucial technologies
that public library administrators, trustees, managers
and professionals should be watching.
Next Generation Online Publishing
Language and Translation Software
And several more.
MyLibrary is A Model for Implementing a User-centered, Customizable Interface to a Library\'s Collection of Information Resources.
Read All About It in this paper by Eric Lease Morgan.
It integrates principles of librarianship (collection, organziation, dissemination, and evaluation) with globably networked computing resources creating a dynamic, customer-driven front-end to any library\'s set of materials.
Possible Conference coming soon.
Chron.com has a sad, yet not suprising Story on the state of Questia. After almost 3 years, more than $110 million in VC, and a 300-person staff, they have yet to hit even 1,000 paying subscribers. That\'s not a mistake, not even One Thousand.
They had hoped to have 50,000 titles by February, but only have about 35,000 and another 5,000 of them not completely cleared of copyright restrictions.