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May 6, 2007: </wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/05/AR2007050501009.html>Bots on The Ground - In the Field of Battle (Or Even Above It), Robots Are a Soldier's Best Friend. By Joel Garreau. The Washington Post.

"The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have become an unprecedented field study in human relationships with intelligent machines. These conflicts are the first in history to see widespread deployment of thousands of battle bots. ... Even more startlin! g than these machines' capabilities, however, are the effects they have on their friendly keepers who, for example, award their bots 'battlefield promotions' and 'purple hearts.' ... Humans have long displayed an uncanny ability to make emotional connections with their manufactured helpmates. ... Digital pets like the Tamagotchi or the Furby, designed to be cute, have long caused children to make spooky levels of connection. Sherry Turkle, founder of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, quotes kids describing intelligent machines as 'sort of alive.' ... Humans respond so readily to Kismet, created by Cynthia Breazeal, that graduate students working in the lab at night have been known to put up a curtain between themselves and the bot, [Rodney] Brooks reports. ... The 2 million personal bots in use around the world in 2004 are expected to grow to 7 million next year. The South Korean Ministry of Information and Communication hopes to put a bot in every home there withi! n six years."

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'</cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/06/ING9GPK9U71.DTL>Bots as peers - It's all a matter of teamwork. Problem for humans is: Should we trust them? Commentary by Celeste Biever. San Francisco Chronicle (May 6, 2007). "The ability of robots to engage humans emotionally is prompting researchers to change their perception of them. 'The big question is whether we should make a better tool or a teammate,' says Terry Fong of NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field. 'It's a very different kind of relationship.' With this in mind, NASA recently started a project to improve teamwork and task coordination between humans and robots in which the robots are treated as peers. ... Despite this, the idea of a robot as a teammate is rubbing some researchers the wrong way. Because robots have no drive to protect themselves, they cannot protect the team and therefore humans cannot trust ! them, says Victoria Groom, a researcher in human-robot interac! tion at Stanford University."

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May 6, 2007: </apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007705060346>Deep Blue victory still a milestone 10 years later. By Julie Moran Alterio. The Journal News.

"$137.50. That's how much it costs today to buy the home version of the Deep Fritz software that beat world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik in a match last year. What a difference a decade makes. This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first time a computer bested a reigning world chess champ. That feat cost Armonk-based IBM Corp. about $5 million. The face-off between IBM's Deep Blue and Garry Kasparov in New York City culminated in a victory for machine over man in the final joust of the six-game match May 11, 199! 7. ... What might be surprising to contemplate today is how much Kasparov was favored to win at the time of the match. ... The first computer chess programs date to the 1950s, including one written for an IBM 704 mainframe that took 8 minutes to make a move and could be defeated by a beginner. ... When he was interviewed on National Public Radio, a caller asked what the big deal was, didn't they just program the moves into the computer, [Joel] Benjamin recalled. (http://www.confer.upatras.gr) is situated within the University campus.

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<#aug24a>Artificial examiners put to the test - BBC News

<#aug24b>AI system predicts medicine's hidden powers - news

<#aug27a>USF robotics experts help in search for Utah miners - The Associated Press (+ related articles)

<#aug31a>CSI could benefit from computer sidekick - news (+ related article)

<#sep00d>Where Will the Next 50 Years in Space Take Us? Popular Mechanics

<#sep3b>Career Watch: Back-to-School Edition - Computerworld

<#sep4a>Claremont man's BluffBot beats colleges' efforts - San Bernardino County Sun

<#sep4d>Narasimhan, doyen of Indian computer science, dead - The Hindu (+ related article)

<#sep5x>Former Boxer Will Go to Space in April - The Korea Times (+ related article)

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August 24, 2007: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6961088.stm>Artificial examiners put to the test. BBC News. "As GCSE students pick up their results this week, they may like to spare a thought for the examiners who devoted thousands of hours to marking their answer booklets. But in future, computers could help them reclaim their summer holidays. Professor Sargur Srihari's research team at the University at Buffalo, New York, is developing software to fully automate the essay-marking process. ... Exam scripts are scanned into the computer, the software reads the handwriting and translates it into computer type, and then grades the response as an examiner would, Professor Srihari explains. ... Professor Srihari asked human examiners to grade 300 answer booklets. Half of the graded scripts were then fed into the computer to 'teach' it the grading process. The software identified key words and phra ses that were repeatedly associated with high grades. If few of these features are present in an exam script, it generally receives a low grade. ... Next, the computer was switched from 'learning' mode to 'grading' mode. Professor Srihari fed the remaining 150 scripts into the computer without the human grades attached. The computer predicted which grade a teacher would give each answer. The computer was within a grade of the human examiners 70% of the time. The results are published in the journal Artificial Intelligence. ... Dr Mary McGee Wood at the University of Manchester is also studying the role of computers in exam marking. 'It's interesting stuff,' she says. 'But they've been very clever to limit this to a specific domain - reading comprehension.'"

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August 24, 2007: </article/dn12535-ai-system-predicts-medicines-hidden-powers-.html>AI system predicts medicine's hidden powers. By Mason Inman. news. "Treatments for new or drug-resistant infectious diseases may already be in our medicine cabinets, say the molecular biologists responsible for developing an artificial-intelligence system that can predict unknown antibiotic properties of existing drugs. The hope is that the work will result in an armoury of new treatments that can be rushed into service when standard treatments stop being effective or new pathogens arise. 'In the case of new infectious diseases, there might be no time to develop a completely new drug from the ground up,' says Artem Cherkasov of the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, who made the proposal this week at a meeting of the American Chemical Soc iety in Boston, Massachusetts. However, if the new AI system suggests an existing drug might be an effective antibiotic, it could be quickly tested for efficacy, and then pushed into service, Cherkasov says. And because these drugs would have already been approved for use in people, they wouldn't have to go through all the clinical trials and lengthy regulatory approvals required of brand-new drugs."

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August 27, 2007: </news/local/story.aspx?content_id=538a4dfa-9b6a-43a9-aa0b-3272e70ba4fe&rss=794>USF robotics experts help in search for Utah miners. The Associated Press / available from ABC Action News. "A team of Florida robotics experts are helping with the search for six men trapped inside the collapsed coal mine in Utah. ... Robin Murphy is the director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue at the University of South Florida. She says her camera's ability to obtain images in the mine is a long shot. ... The camera is similar to one used to search the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks."

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</2007/08/27/us/27mine.html>Officials Reverse Course and Say the Search for 6 Utah Miners Will Continue. The Associated Press / available from The New York Times / </article/20070827/ZNYT02/708270337>also available from The Ledger (August 27, 2007). "Federal and mine company officials said a seventh borehole would be punched into the Crandall Canyon Mine and that a special robotic camera would be lowered into one of the holes drilled in previous efforts to find the men. ... The camera is similar to one used to search within the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of 2001. It can take images from about 50 feet away with the help of a 200-watt light, and can travel 1,000 feet from the end of the test hole, a much wider reach than previous cameras had in the search effort, in part because of its ability to crawl over rubble, officials said. ... Robin R . Murphy, director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue at the University of South Florida, which is supplying the camera, said its success was a long shot. Ms. Murphy said it was not clear whether it would fit all the way down the hole and into the mine, and that debris could obscure images. 'There's mud, there's rocks, there's things that make it unfavorable,' she said. 'Certainly if we could find any sign of the miners, that would be terrific.'"

</article.cfm?articleID=DB306EAE-E7F2-99DF-391FE3B80A4AECF0>Robot-Assisted Rescuers Seek Answers in Wake of Utah Mine Collapse - Crews sent a hastily improvised robot crawler into the Crandall Canyon mine, but it was no match for seismic activity, groundwater and other challenges. By Larry Greenemeier. Scientific American News (September 6, 2007). "As Senate hearings get underway this week to probe the accident at the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah that claimed the lives of six miners and three rescuers, attempts are also being made to evaluate the performance of robotic equipment sent in to assist the failed rescue mission.... Workers, handicapped by time constraints and the continued shifting of the mountain's mass, were able to get only one mobile robot through a borehole and onto the mine's floor, where it traveled as far as seven feet from the point of entry, says Robin Murphy, director of the Institute for Saf ety Security Rescue Technology at the University of South Florida. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, charged with overseeing all rescue and recovery operations in the aftermath of the August 6 cave-in, asked the Institute's Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue for help shortly after the accident. ... Murphy hopes that lessons learned at Crandall Canyon will be incorporated into any standards that the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, develops for future rescue robotics. Since every disaster is different, the best robotics designs give rescuers the most flexibility, she says, adding, 'You never get it all right, even if you think you know what's down there.'"

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August 31, 2007: </article/dn12575-csi-could-benefit-from-computer-sidekick.html>CSI could benefit from computer sidekick. By Tom Simonite. news. "A computerised sidekick for crime scene investigators that takes care of the tedious task of correctly documenting evidence is being tested in the UK. Initial results from the trials indicate that the device enables investigators to put together better reports in half the time. ... Computer scientist Chris Baber and colleagues from the University of Birmingham, UK, built their system to make the process quicker, and to facilitate richer reports that might improve detection. ... The computer is worn by the CSI, who uses a headset to give voice commands to the system -- to trigger the attached digital camera, for example, or to record a verbal description of evidence. ... The Birmingham team are now developin g an improved version of the device that is better at sharing data between different teams of investigators called to the same scene."

Also see: </inquirer/home_top_stories/20070904_A_high-tech_helping_hand_for_soldiers.html>A high-tech helping hand for soldiers - A Lockheed Martin project could give them the tools to more easily provide reports directly from the battlefield. By Henry J. Holcomb. The Philadelphia Inquirer (September 4, 2007). "For several years, Celeste L. Corrado has been thinking about, as she put it, 'soldiers coming back to base, tired and hungry after a long day on patrol,' to face the unpleasant but important task of filling out reports. Her team of scientists and engineers at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill has come up with a way to change that scenario. Last week, they turned over a working prototype of their electronic solution to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the architects of future warfare. ... Their working prototype is called WIRE, for Wearable Intelligent Reportin g Environment. It takes mature speech-recognition technology - software that turns spoken words into documents - to the battlefield. Here's how it works. ... Instead of working with hours-old information, commanders will have fresh data for sophisticated computers and artificial intelligence - another technology being refined in the Cherry Hill labs."

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September 2007 [issue date]: </science/air_space/4221315.html>Where Will the Next 50 Years in Space Take Us? Popular Mechanics. "Expert Opinions For our current cover story, which commemorates the first 50 years of spaceflight by looking ahead to the next 50, PM asked leading thinkers from Buzz Aldrin (a robot fan) to Arthur C. Clarke (he wants a sub-orbital joyride) where they thought the half-century ahead could lead. Check out their predictions...."

</science/air_space/4221315.html?page=4>Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut: "Long-term, I see robotics prevailing on the moon. ..."

</science/air_space/4221315.html?page=8>Mark Udall, Congressman, D-Col.: "Human spaceflight is, no question, inspirational. And there's a strong argument that the major advances in knowledge have come from robotic spacecraft. ..."

</science/air_space/4221315.html?page=11>Jill Tarter, Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence): "Fifty years from now, I'd like to see human access to low Earth orbit and the moon for research, profit and recreation. But I would exclude human presence from all other planetary bodies and satellites that might currently harbor indigenous life, or have done so in the past. ..."

</science/air_space/4221315.html?page=12>Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director, The Planetary Society: "If humans don't get there in 50 years, Mars will probably end up being colonized by our robots. ..."

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September 3, 2007: </action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=300960>Career Watch - Back-to-School Edition. Compiled by Jamie Eckle. Computerworld. "Q&A: Chris Stephenson, executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association, discusses hooking students on IT careers early. [Q] You say high school is the best time to grab students' interest in IT careers. How should the K-12 curriculum change to do that? [A] Students and their parents have many misconceptions about the field, and it is essential that we let them know that there are job opportunities and that these jobs are important and connect to things that students care about in the real world. ... A comprehensive computing curriculum includes a variety of age-appropriate courses that teach the underlying scientific concepts of computing while helping students understand that there are many kinds of computing -- artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, robotics -- all of which can help solve real problems. ... [Q] What else is the CSTA doing to increase interest in the field? [A] CSTA provides a solid curriculum framework and resources to support its implementation. ..."

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September 4, 2007: </news/ci_6794913>Claremont man's BluffBot beats colleges' efforts. By Will Bigham. San Bernardino County Sun (). "A poker-playing robot co-developed by lifelong Claremont resident Jay Cordes overwhelmed its opponents and took first prize at a recent robot poker competition in Vancouver, British Columbia. The robot, called BluffBot 2.0, went undefeated in matches against its nine opponents, which included bots developed by teams at top research institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of Minnesota and University of Alberta. The robot was created by software developer Teppo Salonen and developed by both Salonen and Cordes in their spare time. ... BluffBot is not yet advanced enough to consistently beat experienced poker players, said Cordes, a software developer at Prestige Software, but the developers hope to some day create a program t hat will. ... After being blindsided by BluffBot at this year's competition, which was sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, [Michael] Bowling and other researchers hope to learn from their defeat and develop a superior bot. 'A lot of the universities are wondering, "What did they do, and how can we learn from it?"' Bowling said. 'And we don't know the answers to that.' A free version of BluffBot 1.0 can be downloaded at ."

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September 4, 2007: </2007/09/04/stories/2007090461141300.htm>Narasimhan, doyen of Indian computer science, dead. By Dr. S. Ramani. The Hindu. "Dr. Rangaswamy Narasimhan, the designer of India's first general purpose digital computer, died in Bangalore on Monday. ... His work on syntactic pattern recognition, carried out when he was spending a few years at Illinois, was seminal. He worked for over a decade on the modelling of natural language behaviour and on the evolution of language behaviour. ... Another long-term interest of Dr. Narasimhan has been in IT policy issues vis-à-vis developing countries."

Also see: </holnus/002200709031740.htm>R Narasimhan passes away. The Hindu (September 3, 2007). "Narasimhan was the first president of the Computer Society of India (CSI) and a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and National Academy of Sciences. He had also penned four books in areas of artificial intelligence and linguistics."

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September 5, 2007: <http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2007/09/129_9615.html>Former Boxer Will Go to Space in April. By Cho Jin-seo. The Korea Times. "Ko San beat out Yi So-yeon in the race to become the first Korean in space next year. ... He graduated from Seoul National University and was a researcher at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in the artificial intelligence and computer vision field, before being picked for the astronaut program."

Also see: </nationalworld/international/story/156076.html>AI expert picked for space station flight. The Associated Press / available from The Buffalo News (September 6, 2007). "South Korea announced Wednesday that a 30-year-old expert in artificial intelligence will be the country's first person in space when he flies on a Russian Soyuz capsule to the International Space Station early next year."

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September 5, 2007: </cpp/201804174>AI - It's OK Again! Is AI on the rise again? By Michael Swaine. Dr. Dobbs. "Over the last half century, AI has had its ups and down. But for now, it's on the rise again. ... On the occasion of the 22nd annual AAAI conference this past July, we thought it appropriate to reflect on AI's 51-year history and check in with some experts about the state of AI in 2007. ... The connectionist approach is basically synthesis, or bottom-up, the symbolist approach is analysis, top-down. Both are doubtless necessary. '[S]ymbols-only AI is not enough, [but] subsymbolic perceptual processes are not enough either,' Winston says. ... In terms of real engineering and applied science accomplishments, '[t]he most active and productive strand of AI research today is the application of machine learning techniques to a wide variety of problems,' [Terry] Winograd says, 'from web search to finance to understanding the molecular basis of living systems.' ... Rodney Brooks sees great progress being made in practical systems involving language, vision, search, learning, and navigation, systems that are becoming part of our daily lives. Nils Nilsson took time out from writing a book on the history of AI to share some thoughts on its state today, citing practical results of AI work in adjacent fields like genomics, control engineering, data analysis, medicine and surgery, computer games, and animation. ... AI advances are not trumpeted as artificial intelligence so much these days, but are often seen as advances in some other field. 'AI has become more important as it has become less conspicuous,' Winston says. 'These days, it is hard to find a big system that does not work, in part, because of ideas developed or matured in the AI world.'"

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September 6, 2007: </science/tq/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9719037>The trouble with computers - They may be powerful, but computers could still be easier to use. Might new forms of interface help? The Economist Technology Quarterly. "[M]aking computers simpler to use will require more than novel input devices. Smarter software is needed, too. For example, much effort is going into the development of 'context aware' systems that hide unnecessary clutter and present options that are most likely to be relevant, depending on what the user is doing. The trick, says Patrick Brezillon of University Paris VI, is to get computers to 'size up the temperament of users' and then give them what they want. This can be done by analysing the frequency of keystrokes, the number of typos, the length of work breaks, internet-search terms and background noise, among other things. ... The problem wit h all of this is that people may not want computers to make assumptions about their needs and preferences -- not least because those assumptions may be wrong. But proponents of context-aware computing say it is merely the next logical step from existing systems such as spam filters. ... Henry Holtzman, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says vehicles provide the most promising environment for context-aware interfaces. ... Many futurists and computer experts believe that the logical conclusion of all of these new input devices, sensors and smarter software to anticipate users' needs, will be for computing to blend into the background. In this 'ubiquitous computing' model, computers will no longer be things people use explicitly...."

Also see: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6981704.stm>The Tech Lab - Gordon Frazer: Microsoft's UK managing director looks ahead to a time when computers do a better job of understanding what we want and when we want it. BBC News (September 7, 2007). "[W]hat I do believe is that in order to utilise the coming change in computing power we need to fundamentally change the way we interact with technology. What we are working on now is how to improve that complex computing experience for the next generation of users. To do that, we need powerful computers and intuitive software that works with us to learn our habits and predict our needs. ... The idea of personalised technology is one that is not new, but it is one that I think is finally becoming a reality. For it to do so, three things that have needed to happen are beginning to emerge. There needs to be a natural interface between humans and computers, there needs to be a unifi ed communications platform and computing needs to be pervasive. ... Learning to live with technology that is constantly trying to anticipate your needs will no doubt lead to some interesting times and not inconsiderable challenges."

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September 7, 2007: </Coming+to+grips+with+intelligent+machines/2100-11394_3-6206637.html>Coming to grips with intelligent machines - Technologists will gather to discuss the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence, and how to deal with computers that are smarter than humans. By Stefanie Olsen. CNET . "Scary scenarios aside, a group of accomplished technologists and investors will gather this weekend at the two-day Singularity Summit to discuss the benefits and risks of advancing artificial intelligence, technical issues surrounding accelerating technology in many fields, and what to do in the event that machines one day outthink humans. 'There are different definitions of singularity. But the most useful way to think about it is that we're in a period of accelerating technology change that our species has never faced before,' said Christine Peterson, vice president of F oresight Nanotech Institute, a public interest group focused on advanced technology. 'So the question is how do we address the issue of change so rapid that it becomes difficult to project how it will affect us?' ... [Peter] Thiel has said in a statement: 'It has been predicted for a long time that AI is right around the corner, and it's taking longer than many people thought it would, with many disappointments along the way. However, it's clear that there's a massive set of issues happening, and people who don't think there's something important going on are living in a fantasy, and need to wake up.'"

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</cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/09/07/MNK8RUU7J.DTL>Public meeting will re-examine future of artificial intelligence. By Tom Abate. San Francisco Chronicle (September 7, 2007). "For decades, scientists and writers have imagined a future with walking, talking robots that could do everything from cooking your eggs to enslaving your planet. Trouble is, this fabled artificial intelligence has never happened. But this weekend, more than 700 scientists and tech industry leaders will gather at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts Theatre to plan for the day - still decades away - when computers start improving themselves without the approval of their former masters. ... 'The history of technology tells us that inventions can be used or misused for good or evil. It could be that an Orwellian state could use this technology, or it could lead to a world with more accountability and transparency,' said technology financ ier Peter Thiel, a principal backer of the two-day event called 'The 'A lot of people didn't realize just how historic it was because even then computers were credited with being able to do anything,' he said."

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<.au/index.php/id;1485956242;fp;2;fpid;4>AI will surpass human intelligence after 2020 - Artificial Intelligence a likely future, professor says. By Peter Moon. Computerworld (May 7, 2007) ! [translated version of: <.br/comp!


essoal/2007/04/27/idgnoticia.2007-04-27.6525314626>Entrevista: máquinas vão ultrapassar inteligência humana depois de 2020. Por Peter Moon especial para o IDG Now! Publicada em 27 de abril de 2007]. "Vernor Vinge, 62, is a pioneer in artificial intelligence, who in a recent interview warned about the risks and opportunities that an electronic super-intelligence would offer to mankind. ... Exactly 10 years ago, in May 1997, Deep Blue won the chess tournament against Gary Kasparov. Was that the first glimpse of a new kind of intelligence? ... When intelligent machines finally appear, what will they look like? ... How would we be certain about its conscience? ..."

</featr/content/features/stories/05092007_Kauffmann.html>Computer bested humanity, technically. By Bruce Kauffmann. (May 9, 2007). "That re-match culminated! this week (May 11) in 1997, when the new Deep Blue defeated [Garry] Kasparov 3.5 games to 2.5. Kasparov, who had been called by Newsweek magazine 'The Brain's Last Stand,' conceded defeat after just 19 moves in the decisive sixth game. Yet in many ways the match was inconclusive in settling the 'human' versus 'artificial' intelligence debate. If Kasparov's humanity -- his ability to reason -- was his strength, so was it his weakness. ... Will artificial intelligence ever advance enough to trump human intelligence, and, if so, what happens then? ... An age-old question that everyone from scientists to science fiction writers has pondered. It's when the machines start pondering it that we will all have to start worrying."

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