is a site dedicated to news from fields including A.I., computational linguistics, robotics, developmental psychology, machine learning, and cognitive science, with special focus on language-related technologies.

This site also provides information about Experience-Based Language Acquisition (EBLA), the software system that I developed as part of my dissertation research at the LSU Department of Computer Science.

Brian E. Pangburn
May 27, 2003

User Guide to Using the Linux Desktop

Slashdot recently had a post on the International Open-Source Network's new Linux desktop manual for people with minimal computer experience.

Language Shaping Thought?

Slashdot has a blurb on this New Scientist article entitled "Language may shape human thought." The article discusses a "counting study in a Brazilian tribe whose language does not define numbers above two."

SwingSet 0.8.0-beta Released

New Roads, LA - August 11, 2004 - We are pleased to announce the 0.8.0-beta release of SwingSet, an open source Java toolkit that allows the standard Java Swing components to be made database aware. For the latest version, all components have been made into Java Beans which will allow for better integration with Java IDEs. Major usability enhancements include cut & paste support from the data grid to/from spreadsheet programs and/or other data grids, addition of current record index and total record count to the data navigator, and default selection of an "empty" item for comboboxes. Finally, the 0.8.0 release includes a number of smaller bug fixes, enhancements, and code improvements. See for a detailed list of features and additional information.

X-Prize Attempt Scheduled

This article from announces that the first scheduled X-Prize flight by SpaceShipOne will take place on September 29, 2004.

From the article,
Aerospace engineer, Burt Rutan, leader of Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, has formally announced a timetable for back-to-back flights of the firm’s SpaceShipOne rocket plane.

Rutan and his team have given its official 60-day notice, with the first X Prize attempt set for September 29 from the inland Mojave Spaceport in California. To win the $10 million, SpaceShipOne will need to make a second flight within two weeks, by October 13.

Hot on Rutan’s heels is Brian Feeney, leader of the Canadian da Vinci Project. Feeney also reported today that his team is rolling out on August 5 their completed X Prize vehicle -- the balloon-lofted Wild Fire rocket. The public unveiling will take place at the team’s Downsview Airport hanger in Toronto.

The da Vinci Project Team, widely heralded as a contender for the $10 million purse, will pursue its own Ansari X Prize space flight attempts this Fall.

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Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

Slashdot has discussion of this article which contains bold predictions from Seth Shostak, the SETI Institute's senior astronomer, that "if Intelligent life exists elsewhere in our galaxy, advances in computer processing power and radio telescope technology will ensure we detect their transmissions within two decades."

Might be time to crank up those SETI@home clients again.

Evolution Robotics Announces Solution To Combat Retail Fraud

Evolution Robotics Announces LaneHawk™ Loss Prevention Solution to Combat Retail Fraud

LaneHawk Helps Retailers Turn Bottom-of-Basket Losses into Profits Using Proven Object Recognition Technology

Pasadena, CA - July 21, 2004 - Evolution Robotics, a leading provider of next-generation robotics technologies and component solutions, today announced the availability of LaneHawk, a solution for retailers that prevents loss and increases profits by automatically ringing up under-cart items. Using Evolution Robotics’ advanced object recognition technology, LaneHawk provides retailers with an effective solution for limiting inventory shrinkage due to retail fraud.

Discussing the "Three Laws of Robotics"

KurzweilAI has a blurb on this NewScientist article about the relevancy of Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics." The article has some commentary from both Alan Bundy and Steve Grand.

For those interested, Slashdot has discussion of the new "I, Robot" movie (inspired by Asimov's book of the same name) here. The Slashdot coverage has links to several other good sites about Asimov's famous three laws.

Evolution Robotics Expands Product Line with ERSP 3.0 for Windows

The ERSP 3.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) Provides Expanded Product Offering to Increased Global Customer Base

Pasadena, CA-June 30, 2004 - Evolution Robotics, a leading provider of next-generation robotics technologies and component solutions, today announced the availability of ERSP 3.0 for Windows 2000 and XP. After the successful launch of ERSP 3.0 for Linux, Evolution Robotics is expanding its product offering to the Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) platform, enabling a growing number of customers to implement the company’s SDK for the development of robots and robotic products.

Java3D Open Sourced

After an annoucement several months ago, Java3D has finally been open sourced. This posting has the announcment, download links, etc.

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