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Commercially available machine translation systems were shown at AAAI '94. "Intelligent Translator" for English <-> French uses patented semantic tables to relate sentence components; $100 from Logos Corp. (Mount Arlington, VA). "LogoVista" for English -> Japanese gives a "first approximation" translation in real time; $1,995 from Language Engineering Corp. (Belmont, MA). "Metal" translates whole English, German, and Spanish sentences to "draft-quality"; $19K per language pair + $6K for server software, from Sietec Open Systems (Don Mills, Ontario). "Kant" uses semantic representations independent of specific language pairs; $100K from Alantra Systems Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA). Globalink Inc. (Fairfax, VA) showed a system that tranlates English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, and Italian using a dictionary technology to identify semantic units. Systran Translation Systems Inc.'s "Systran" can translate 25 language pairs ($15K installation + $25K for a 1M-word license). [R. Colin Johnson, EETimes, 9/12/94, p. 37.]

Applied Neurodynamics (Encinitas, CA) is experimenting with a way of multiplexing analog neurons so that the brain's 3D interconnections can be simulated in 2D silicon. A difficulty is that multiplexing destroys the temporal relationships underlying analog computation. Carver Mead prefers that time be its own representation. [R. Colin Johnson, EETimes, 9/26/94, p. 39.]

Remember Oxford's challenge for inductive programs to learn train schedules? Results are now available in pub/Packages/ILP on The compressed version is results.tar.Z. [David Page (,, 10/7/94. David Joslin.]

A What's New list of changes to the KQML information on the web is on [, DAI-List, 9/25/94.] (The KQML knowledge-modeling language may gain support from ties between Stanford and builders of software agents and Internet commerce software. Stanford, Xerox, EIT, etc., are also winners in the Digital Libraries competition, with a project based on remote information retrieval.)

David Kittinger's WChess, running on a 90MHz Pentium, has won the Harvard Cup Human vs. Computer Chess Challenge undefeated, 4-2-0. Kittinger says WChess may have just been lucky in the fast-paced games. Human grand masters scored 29.5 to 18.5 for the eight computer programs. [Rory J. O'Connor, SJM, 10/5/94, 1G.]