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Robert Goldman of Honeywell is interested in contacts from others using the SCREAMER Common Lisp constraint satisfaction and search package. Write to . [18Sep97.]

I've had only a few responses so far to my call for area editors, to condense news clippings to brief summaries that might be included in the Communique. The time required is small, deadlines are extremely soft, creativity is permitted, free subscriptions and pay are available, and you get byline credit (and an entry on your resume). Plus, anyone Web-searching your name will retrieve your contributions to the Communique, and vice versa. Possible topics include AI news, computer science, advanced technology and applications, neural networks, machine learning, intelligent agents, artificial life, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, robotics, knowledge engineering, expert systems, case-based inference, temporal reasoning, planning and scheduling, information retrieval, search engines, data mining, computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine translation, intelligent databases, automated data analysis, pattern recognition, data visualization, scientific visualization, virtual reality, intelligent scheduling, logic programming, constraint satisfaction, inference engines, statistical simulation, adaptive systems, associative reasoning, Bayesian inference, intelligent control, cognitive science, speech recognition, computer-aided instruction, distance education, online publishing, journal calls, e-journal announcements, online discussion lists, electronic commerce, research software, funding politics, copyright, security and privacy, industry news, futurism, Internet news and culture, groupware, Web authoring, Internet resources and archives, books and merchandise, information collections, library services, legal resources, medical AI, neuroscience, philosophy, art and music, games and entertainment, multimedia technology, scientific computing, mathematics and science, research jobs, career advice, consulting, software patents, venture capital, entrepreneurship, software development and marketing, employment opportunities, grant competitions, professional associations, career tips, women's issues, personal finance, etc.

Following my mention of computational theology, Richard Lethin sent me an announcement of a public lecture series at MIT in cooperation with the Harvard Divinity School. "GOD AND COMPUTERS: Minds, Machines, and Metaphysics" started 01Oct97 and continues weekly through 10Dec97, at 4:30 in MIT 34-101. Apparently it was designed as a course but drew controversy as possibly too evangelistic. Rodney Brooks' talk on 22Oct97 will be "Artificial Humanity"; Ray Kurzweil will speak on 03Dec97 about "The Age of Spiritual Machines." Abstracts will be posted to . [Anne Foerst , (617) 253-7891; gac-announcement, 17Sep97.]

I've had interesting feedback on several of our recent quotations. In reference to "Actum ne agas; do not do what is done," Raphael Malyankar says that my machine sent him two copies of that Communique. :-) About turning off dynamic type checking, Brad Miller remembers a variant in Symbolics marketing literature about "This boat floats, throw away the life preservers." For "Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results," Bill Park added the cryptic remark "especially in Russian roulette." And Doug Fraser liked "Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three -- and paradise is when you have none," which applies to all kinds of things, "including TV and cerebral hemispheres."

-- Ken