Wetware Trendwatch: Week of November 24, 2003

This week’s Wetware related stuff in the media, including:

  • Software that predicts customer behavior
  • The flaws of an ever-changing web
  • Robot receptionists
  • The latest maps of the Internet
  • A lobster-inspired robot

…and more.

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Yahoo! News on a test of lobster-inspired robot at Brooklyn College, New York.
Robo-lobsters may one day roam the seas for scents

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Slashdot on the flaws of an ever-changing web.
Web Pages Are Weak Links in the Chain of Knowledge

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Joho the Blog on software to help you skim through documents.
Skim, Not Aggregate

…followed by an automated summary of the Book of Genesis in 10 sentances, courtesy of Microsoft Word.
Bible in 10 sentences

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Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends and Nature Science Update on a new robot receptionist. Ok, robots are useful for many things, but this is one of the last places they will excel in my opinion.
Inkha, the Roboceptionist
Robo-receptionist clocks on

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Slashdot had a story on the latest maps of the Internet by the Opte.org project. Beautiful!
Latest Maps of the Internet

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AI guru Ray Kurzweil got a patent on poetic software that imitates the styles of known human poets. Slashdot ran a story.
Kurzweil Gets A Patent For Poetic Software

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A most interesting article on Nature Science Update on research of the fractal nature of coastlines. I guess someone won a major award for his use of fjords on the coast of Norway.
Coastline carve thyself

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The predictive nature of humans is always as interesting. Yahoo News is running a piece on how SPSS is using their tools to predict customer behavior:
New Software Helps Predict Customer Behavior

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Wired Magazine ran an article on how to build computers that care about their users.
The Love Machine

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Nature reviews on the first fruits of GENSAT (Gene Expression Nervous System Atlas), a project based at Rockefeller University that aims to provide a complete gene expression map of the mouse brain.
BACking brain research

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