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Elektronisk Dansk A.I.Meddelser 108 Feb 08

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1) ECCAI-Bulletin #3, november 2007


3) AAAI-08/IAAI-08 Submission Deadlines

4) AAAI-10 in Atlanta!

5) AI Communications - New Issue Alert


9) ANTS 2008

10) ARCS-08

11) AISB'08 Convention

12) AIIDE-08: October 22-24

13) AiML-2008

15) Call for Book Chapters

16) BOOK Parallel Metaheuristics (Wiley)

17) Book Publication

18) Constraints and Language Processing

19) Computational Swarm Intelligence at AISB

20) Demining NDRF aktiviteter i 2008 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

21) ECCAI Dissertation Award

22) Post doc Position in Dynamic Combinatorial Optimization

23) GECCO '08 workshop on Industrial Design Optimisation.

24) GECCO Workshop: ECoMASS 2008

25) 5th International Workshop on Constraints and Language

26) ICLP'08

27) ICNC'08-FSKD'08: Jinan, China

28) IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium

29) IFIP AI 2008 Milan, Italy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30) IJAIT - New Issue Contents Notification

31) ISC'2008

32) IJPRAI - New Issue Contents Notification

33) IJUFKS - New Issue Contents

34) 2008 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium

35) NDRF aktiviteter i 2008 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

36) ICIC 2008



39) ICEIS-2008 (Barcelona, Spain)

40) Journal of Real-Time Image Processing

41) JapanOpen2008

42) Machine GRAPHICS & VISION quarterly - Special Issue

43) Math and CS Faculty Positions


45) NDRF Workshop

46) Robotic Roaches Mess with Real Bugs' Minds !!!!!!

47) RoboCupRescue Agent and Infrastructure 2008

48) ANTS 2008

49) FBTC 2008

50) GWAL-8

51) Computational Swarm Intelligence at AISB

52) INRIA positions

53) AiML-2008

54) MICAI 2008: Artificial Intelligence, Mexico

55) ECAI-08


57) AISB

1) ECCAI-Bulletin #3, november 2007


Easy access to AICOM

Dissertation Award

ECAI conferences

ECAI08 (workshop proposal deadline)

ECCAI Sponsored conferences

National conferences of ECCAI member societies

IEEE Intelligent systems + AICommunications


Bulletin #3, November 2007

Easy access to AICom

As a kind of 20th anniversary celebration we provide easy online access to volume 20 of AI Communications.

Online full text access to all members of ECCAI member societies is granted by using the URL </aicom-access.shtml>/aicom-access.shtml

You will be recognized as (virtual) user ECCAI.

Full text access to older volumes is still granted using the username/password scheme of your member society.

Dissertation award

Nominations are invited for the 2007 Artificial Intelligence Dissertation Award sponsored by ECCAI, the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence.

This Award includes a certificate signed by the ECCAI Chair and 1.500 Euros (which includes the travel grant for the Award ceremony). Eligible doctoral dissertations are those defended after December 1, 2006 in the general area of Artificial Intelligence. The dissertation must have been defended at an European university and the author must be a personal member of an ECCAI member society. Multiple submissions of the same doctoral dissertation to other dissertation award activities of other societies are excluded.

To be considered, a dissertation must be nominated by the thesis supervisor, who must submit the following items:

three copies of the dissertation or a link to a WWW version of the thesis,

five copies of an extended abstract (3 to 5 pages) in English,

if the thesis was not written in English the nomination must include an English paper describing the core ideas of the thesis that has been submitted for publication in an international journal or a prestigious conference. The nominee must be the first author of this paper.

nomination letters from two referees selected by the dissertation supervisor, supporting the submission and stating their assessment of why the thesis should win the award.

Submissions will be judged by the Peer Reviewing Procedure, coordinated by a representative of the ECCAI Board.

Submissions and Requests should be sent to:

Ulises Cortés

LSI - Departament de Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya UPC

c/Jordi Girona, 1 & 3, 216

Mòdul C5

08034 BCN, Catalonia, Spain

phone: +34-934137842

fax: +34-934137960

email : <mailto:ia@lsi.upc.es>ia@lsi.upc.es

The deadline for receipt of submissions is January 31, 2008.

For more details, see </diss-award/current.shtml>/diss-award/current.shtml

ECCAI conferences

ACAI-07:August 20-28th 2007, Leuven, Belgium

ACAI-2007 was held in Leuven, Belgium, from 20 to 28 august.The topic of the summerschool was "Logic for Artificial Intelligence". The school consisted of eight courses, all focusing on different roles or applications of logic in the field of artificial intelligence: agents, the semantic web, probabilistic logics, inductive learning, planning, and more. In addition, a poster session was held where students could present their own work, and there was a guest lecture by the winner of the ECCAI Dissertation Award 2006. The school was attended by fifty-nine students, coming mostly from all over Europe, with a few attendants coming from North-America and Asia.

More detailed information and pictures of the summer school can be found at <http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/%7Edtai/acai/>http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dtai/acai/

ECAI-08 in Patras (Greece) / 21-25 July 2008

ECAI-08 workshops

The ECAI 2008 Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held on 21-22 July 2008, immediately preceding the main ECAI 2008 conference. The co-chairs of the workshops are Boi Faltings, EPFL, Switzerland and Ioannis P. Vlahavas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Submission should be made by e-mail to the ECAI 2008 Workshop Co-Chairs (<mailto:boi.faltings@epfl.ch>boi.faltings@epfl.ch and <mailto:vlahavas@csd.auth.gr>vlahavas@csd.auth.gr) using "ECAI08 Workshop Proposal Submission" as the email subject, no later than Monday, December 10, 2007.

For more information on the ECAI workshop, have a look at <http://www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/workshop.htm>http://www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/workshop.htm 

The important dates concerning workshop proposal submissions are the following:

- Submission deadline for workshop proposal: Dec 10, 2007

- Notification of acceptance of workshop proposal: January 15, 2008

- Workshop paper submission deadline: April 10, 2008

- Notification of workshop paper acceptance:  May 10, 2008

- Workshop camera ready copy submission: May 26, 2008

- Workshop dates: Jumy 21-22, 2008

ECAI-08 paper submissions

The important dates concerning paper submissions are the following:

- Paper submission deadline : Feb 25, 2008

- Notification : April 28

- Camera ready papers: May 26

The University of Patras Conference centre (<http://www.confer.upatras.gr/>http://www.confer.upatras.gr) is situated within the University campus.

For more details: <http://www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008/>http://www.ece.upatras.gr/ecai2008

ECCAI sponsored conferences ICAI-08

   ICAI-08    25 - 28 Aug 2008  <http://caai.cn:8086/icai08/>International Conference on Advanced Intelligence, Bejing (China)

  KR 2008  16 - 19 Sep 2008  </KR2008/>11th International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Sydney (Australia)


National conferences of ECCAI member societies

 CAEPIA 2007 12 - 16 Nov 2007 <al.es/>12th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, Salamanca (Spain)

 EPIA'07 3 - 7 Dec 2007 <http://epia2007.appia.pt/>13th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Guimarães (Portugal)

 AI-07   10 - 12 Dec 2007 </ai2007/>27th SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge (England)

RFIA-07  21-25 Jan 2008  <http://www.mis.u-picardie.fr/rfia2008/>16e congrès francophone AFRIF-AFIA Reconnaissance des Formes et Intelligence Artificielle, Amiens (France)

SCAI 2008  26 - 28 May 2008  <http://www.sics.se/scai2008>10th Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Stockholm (Sweden)

ECCAI journals

- IEEE Intelligent systems </intelligent/>/intelligent/ 

Last issue: September-Ocotber 2007 on Social Computing : This special issue investigates the development and use of social software-tools and computing methods that support social interaction and communication in significant application domains. It also features articles describing general intelligent systems (not necessarily social software) that leverage insights and findings from social, organizational, cultural, and media theory.

Also in this issue: Reinventing Academic Publishing, Semantic Web Services, Recommender Systems, and more

The following articles are available without an electronic subscription:

A Letter from the Editor

</portal/cms_docs_intelligent/intelligent/homepage/2007/X507/x5002.pdf>Reinventing Academic Publishing--Part 1 (pdf)</portal/cms_docs_intelligent/intelligent/homepage/2007/X507/x5002.pdf>

James Hendler

The nature of academic publishing is changing, and computer scientists need to lead the way.

Intelligent Educational Systems

</portal/cms_docs_intelligent/intelligent/homepage/2007/X507/x5058.pdf>Can Irrational Investors Survive? A Social-Computing Perspective (pdf)</portal/cms_docs_intelligent/intelligent/homepage/2007/X507/x5058.pdf>

Yongjie Zhang and Wei Zhang

A proposed agent-based model accounts for interactions between rational and irrational investors, offering hope for irrational-investor survival in artificial stock markets.

Trends & Controversies

</portal/cms_docs_intelligent/intelligent/homepage/2007/X507/x5012.pdf>Semantic Web Services, Part 1 (pdf)</portal/cms_docs_intelligent/intelligent/homepage/2007/X507/x5012.pdf>

David Martin, John Domingue, Michael L. Brodie, and Frank Leymann

Semantic Web services has been a vigorous technology research area for about six years, producing a great deal of innovative work. This two-part installment discusses what has been accomplished in SWS, what value it can ultimately provide, and where we should go from here to reap these technologies' benefits.

- AI Communications <http://aicom.star.dist.unige.it/>http://aicom.star.dist.unige.it


Special issue on Model-Based Systems : Volume 20, Number 1 / 2007

Next ECCAI-Bulletin in December 2007



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AAAI AI ALERT 11 January 2008

AAAI AI ALERT 11 January 2008

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<#dec19d>Best Careers 2008: 31 Careers With Bright Futures - US News and World Report

<#jan00edge>The Edge Annual Question - Edge

<#jan1a>2007: The year in goodbyes - The Boston Globe

<#jan2b>Arresting bike theft - The Engineer Online

<#jan3e>Gianmarco Veruggio: Roboethics [podcast] - Talking Robots

<#jan3c>Futurists foresee invisibility cloak on horizon - CanWest News

<#jan4b>CMU finds human brains similarly organized - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

<#jan7c>Tired of driving? Your car may do it in next decade - The Associated Press (+ 2 videos)

<#jan8a>When robots become smarter than man -

<#jan8b>University Alliance Works To Increase Robotics Education, Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities - CMU (+ 1 article)

<#jan9e>Look Who’s Calling - Newsweek Web Exclusive

<#jan10a>Yahoo's Plan for a Smarter In-Box - Technology Review

<#jan10b>Photo: Get your artificial intelligence out of the gutter - The Associated Press (+ 1 article)

<#jan10d>ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, Opens Branch Office in China - AScribe Newswire

<#jan11a>When Google Grows Up -

<#jan12a>Silicon poet pens haiku on demand - New Scientist


December 19, 2007: </features/business/best-careers/best-careers-2008.html> Best Careers 2008 - 31 Careers With Bright Futures. The careers listed at left offer strong outlooks and high job satisfaction. Each career is profiled in two parts: an executive summary and a portrait of a typical day in the life. US News and World Report.

</articles/business/best-careers/2007/12/19/best-careers-for-a-changing-job-landscape.html>Best Careers for a Changing Job Landscape. By Marty Nemko. "It has only been a year since U.S. News published Best Careers 2007, yet much has changed. As a result, in Best Careers 2008, we've dropped five of the 25 profiled careers and added 11 new ones. We've also added a new section on Ahead-of-the-Curve Careers. These 12 careers are too nascent or narrow to justify inclusion as a Best Career, but they are currently viable and promise to grow further in demand and importance to society. If you'd enjoy being on the cutting edge, they're certainly worth a look."

</articles/business/best-careers/2007/12/19/ahead-of-the-curve-careers.html>Ahead of the Curve - Here’s a look at a dozen cutting-edge careers, viable now and poised for future growth. They stem from megatrends like globalization, digitization, and the wave of environmentalism sweeping the world. By Marty Nemko. "Health informatics specialists will, for example, develop expert systems to help doctors and nurses make evidence-based diagnoses and treatments. ... An under-the-radar career that is core to the digital enterprise is data miner. Online customers provide enterprises with high-quality data on what to sell and for individualized marketing. Another star of the digitized world is simulation developer. ... The dawn of clinical genomics. Decades of basic research are finally starting to yield clinical implications. ... [T]he unsung heroes who will bring this true revolution to pass will include computational biologists.... "

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January 2008: </q2008/q08_index.html#ford>The Edge Annual Question - When thinking changes your mind, that's philosophy. When God changes your mind, that's faith. When facts change your mind, that's science. What have you changed your mind about? Why? Science is based on evidence. What happens when the data change? How have scientific findings or arguments changed your mind?"

Contributors include:

</q2008/q08_index.html#brooks>Rodney Brooks

</q2008/q08_11.html#dennett>Daniel C. Dennett

</q2008/q08_index.html#lloyd>Seth Lloyd

</q2008/q08_index.html#mccarthy>John McCarthy

</q2008/q08_index.html#pollack>Jordan Pollack

</q2008/q08_index.html#schank>Roger C. Shank: AI?

</q2008/q08_index.html#turkle>Sherry Turkle

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January 1, 2008: </bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2008/01/01/with_grit_or_grace_they_left_their_mark/>2007 - The year in goodbyes. With grit or grace, they left their mark. By Joseph P. Kahn. The Boston Globe. "They were adventurers who tested the limits of human endurance and artists who explored the outer reaches of human creativity. Some made us smile at life's absurdities. Others changed history and how we view it. Collectively the many notable figures who died in 2007 left legacies that will long endure. Science and medicine - Techies revered computer scientist Ken Kennedy, Internet pioneer Eric Wolf, and artificial intelligence whiz Donald Michie. ... Inventors and innovators - The world would be a duller place without inventors and innovators like the late Robert Adler, an engineer who designed the first TV remote control, and computer scientist John Backus, who invent ed Fortran programming language."

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January 2, 2008: <http://www.theengineer.co.uk/Articles/303808/Arresting+bike+theft.htm>Arresting bike theft. The Engineer Online. "Technology being developed at Leeds University could put the brakes on bicycle thieves and may also be useful in flagging suspicious events in public places. PhD student Dima Damen, from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, has developed a computer system that detects individuals parking their bicycles and can automatically warn security staff if it appears that someone other than the owner retrieves the vehicle. ... Currently at prototype stage, Damen’s system takes colour information from CCTV images when a bike is parked and stores it until the bike is retrieved. It then marries the stored information with the new image and where there are significant differences, it can raise an alert to CCTV operators. In initial tests using a camera located above a bike rack at the Univ ersity of Leeds, eleven out of thirteen simulated thefts were detected. 'Without a system like this, the benefit of CCTV cameras is diminished by the difficulties of manual monitoring,' said Damen. 'It’s a simple solution to an extremely widespread problem.' Damen is now developing her technology to identify suspicious events in public places, such as the problem of baggage - especially in airports."

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January 3, 2008: <http://lis.epfl.ch/resources/podcast/2008/01/gianmarco-veruggio-roboethics.html>Gianmarco Veruggio - Roboethics [podcast]. Talking Robots. "In this interview we talk to Gianmarco Veruggio who founded the association Scuola di Robotica in Genova (Italy) to study the complex relationship between Robotics and Society. This led him to coin the term and propose the concept of Roboethics, or the field of Ethics applied to robotics. He discusses topics such as the use of robots in our everyday environments, the lethality and benefits of medical robots or military robots, augmented humans and robots as human-like artifacts. Should we start thinking like Asimov, deriving laws and limits to apply for the peaceful cohabitation of humans and robots?"

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January 3, 2008: </edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=6df66f61-4ecc-4ce7-8cf0-01de5de5a0cc>Futurists foresee invisibility cloak on horizon - Group doesn't make predictions, but it has spotted trends early. By Shannon Proudfoot. CanWest News via the The Edmonton Journal. "'We've strived over the years to do one thing and to really excel at it, and that is to be a neutral clearing house for ideas on the future,' says Patrick Tucker, director of communications for the [World Future Society] and editor of its magazine, The Futurist. ... So what could 2008 bring? The society forecasts that the growth of surveillance technologies and voyeuristic venues like YouTube will ultimately spell the death of any notions of 'privateness.' At the same time, increasingly sophisticated virtual reality graphics and artificial intelligence will allow computers to capture someone's voice and appearance, even their persona lity and knowledge. This could create 'virtual immortality' in which it's possible to visit with the dearly departed long after they've shuffled off this mortal coil. ... In the intellectual sphere, Tucker also sees the deeply ambivalent potential for technology to create a society of 'educated illiterates.' Artificial intelligence will evolve to the point where we can simply ask our computers a verbal question to get any information we need, he says."

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January 4, 2008: </pg/08004/846628-114.stm>CMU finds human brains similarly organized. By David Templeton. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Carnegie Mellon University has taken an important step in mapping thought patterns in the human brain, and the research has produced an amazing insight: Human brains are similarly organized. Based on how one person thinks about a hammer, a computer can identify when another person also is thinking about a hammer. It also can differentiate between items in the same category of tools, be it a hammer or screwdriver. ... For this study, Tom M. Mitchell, chairman of Carnegie Mellon's department of machine learning, and other scientists on the team developed the algorithm, or computer procedure used to analyze brain patterns, that was precise enough to tell accurately what tool the person was observing. Using that general pattern, the computer then could identify when ot hers were looking at and thinking about the same image. The study makes two important scientific advances: '[T]here is an identifiable neural pattern associated with perception and contemplation of individual objects, and that part of the pattern is shared' by people."

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January 7, 2008: </news/story/319686.html>Tired of driving? Your car may do it in next decade. By Tom Krisher. The Associated Press / available from The Olympian / also available from ABC News ( </Business/wireStory?id=4095437>GM Envisions Driverless Cars on Horizon). "Cars that drive themselves - even parking at their destination - could be ready for sale within a decade, General Motors Corp. executives say. GM, parts suppliers, university engineers and other automakers all are working on vehicles that could revolutionize short- and long-distance travel. And Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner will devote part of his speech to the driverless vehicles. 'This is not science fiction,' Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development, said in a recent interview. The most significant obstacles facing th e vehicles could be human rather than technical: government regulation, liability laws, privacy concerns and people's passion for the automobile and the control it gives them. ... Sebastian Thrun, co-leader of the Stanford University team that finished second among six teams completing a 60-mile Pentagon-sponsored race of driverless cars in November, said GM's goal is technically attainable. But he said he wasn't confident cars would appear in showrooms within a decade. ... Thrun said a key benefit of the technology eventually will be safer roads and reducing the roughly 42,000 U.S. traffic deaths that occur annually - 95 percent of which he said are caused by human mistakes."

Watch the related AP video: </ver/251.6/popup/index.php?cl=5864481>Hey! Who's driving that car? (January 8, 2008). "Once thought to be purely science fiction, cars without drivers will be ready for sale in the next decade, says General Motors. AP correspondent Haven Daley took a ride in a prototype 'robot car' at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

Also watch: </index.jsp?fr_story=3ed94c8145ec0bf6dae8ac95e04f5dbbc330a5d7>Auto tech at CES - Jefferson Graham & Michelle Kessler take a ride in a test car that goes around a track without a driver -- thanks to computer technology. Talking Tech video from USA Today (January 9, 2008).

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January 8, 2008: </newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?a=322508&z=19>When robots become smarter than man. Opinion by Andrea Villarraga, a sophomore at Lourdes High School. . "The moment in time when robotic intelligence will surpass human intelligence is called the Technological Singularity, or the Singularity for short. This is the instant when the rate of technological progress will explode, thanks to ultraintelligent beings. Many believe this moment is coming, but nobody knows what our world will look like when it does. ... The scientists who delve deep into the muddles of the Singularity can be said to belong to two schools of thought: optimistic and pessimistic. The optimists fundamentally believe that the creation of superior robots is something we should strive toward because it will transform our lives for the better. ... The pessimists, however, are quick t o point out that all this potential human betterment depends completely on whether ultraintelligent beings will want to help humanity. ..."

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January 8, 2008: <http://news.cs.cmu.edu/Releases/demo/344.html>University Alliance Works To Increase Robotics Education, Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. CMU news release. "Carnegie Mellon University and six other research universities have joined forces with eight historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in a collaborative project to promote robotics and computer science education for African-American students. The Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (</>ARTSI) Alliance grew out of a previous collaboration between Andrew Williams, associate professor of computer and information science at Spelman College in Atlanta and David Touretzky, research professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, which established robotics education labs at Spelman and three other HBCUs. Funded by a three-year, $2 million grant from the National Scienc e Foundation, ARTSI will develop outreach programs to encourage African-American students at both the K-12 and college levels to pursue careers in computer science and robotics and will provide mentoring programs for undergraduates. Touretzky said ARTSI activities will vary from institution to institution, depending on the need of each. “Some of these schools are getting their first research-quality robots,” he said, adding that those institutions will need to develop basic curricula. Spelman and three other schools, by contrast, already have established robotic programs based on Tekkotsu (), a robot programming system developed in Touretzky’s lab and distributed for free by Carnegie Mellon. ... Corporate partners include Seagate Technology, Microsoft, Apple, iRobot and Juxtopia."

Also see: </News/press_release_2008-01-02.html>Empowering Leadership - Computing Scholars of Tomorrow Alliance Announces Mentoring Program for Minority Students. Protégés and Mentors Encouraged to Join. Press release from the Empowering Leadership Alliance (January 2, 2008). "The National Science Foundation-supported “Empowering Leadership: Computing Scholars of Tomorrow” Alliance (EL Alliance) has launched its online mentoring program designed to connect undergraduate and graduate minority students from research universities across the country with national leaders in the computing fields. Protégés and mentors are encouraged to sign up at <>."

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January 9, 2008: </id/88754/>Look Who’s Calling. By Mark Hosenball. Newsweek Web Exclusive. "Patrick Davis, a former national Republican Party staffer who serves as executive director for the group, defended its telephone tactics, in which an automated voice provides negative information to voters about rival candidates. In an e-mail to Newsweek, Davis insisted, 'Candidates that cry foul on these personalized educational artificial-intelligence calls are usually candidates who take one stand on an issue in front of one audience and a different stand on the same issue in front of a different audience. We will admit, in those cases, that sometimes the truth hurts.' ... Harold (Zeke) Swift, the Cincinnati-based president of Common Sense Issues, confirmed to Newsweek that the group hired CC Advertising to make informational calls to prospective voters using what he described as 'artificial-intell igence dialogue.' He also confirmed that these calls involved the machine's asking voters questions about their views on issues, and, depending upon how they responded to the machine, providing them with information on rival candidates' positions. ... In his e-mail to Newsweek, Davis, Common Sense's executive director, wrote, 'The fact is that many of Huckabee's presidential rivals tried to hire our phone vendor, CC Advertising, because of their one-of-a-kind technology that uses artificial intelligence to enable personalized conversations with citizens on issues. Since Common Sense Issues secured exclusive access and the other campaigns are blocked, it is not surprising that they would complain.' He added, 'Please note that not a single campaign has said that the information in our phone calls is not factual -- just that they don't like it.'"

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  1. Elektronisk Dansk A. I. Meddelser 104 Okt 06

    This year, the Artificial Intelligence community celebrates the golden anniversary of the 1956 Dartmouth Conference that marks the beginning of AI as a research field.

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