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Context Aware Computing

Context Aware Computing is a form of AI driven computing, in which the computing device the user is interfacing with has a low-level intelligence on it, usually running just under the software layer the user is interfacing with. It is aware to some degree of what the user is attempting to do, and so provides options, or in some cases automatically performs support services based on its assessment of the task the user is carrying out. The goal being to make life easier for the user, or make a more automated task more efficient.

Context aware computing is typically driven by expert systems, a form of weak AI, primarily because a strong AI capable of anticipating the needs of the user on the same level as them does not really exist at this time. So they use monitoring of user behaviour patterns and association of tasks to predict what the user is doing, with an accuracy that increases as they know that particular user better.

Context-aware computing works just as well when the user is another computing device, as when it is a sentient being, and with multiple computing devices reacting to one another in an intelligent way, the overall efficiency of the system is vastly increased.

See Also: Artificial Intelligence, Weak AI, Strong AI, Internet of Things, Pervasive Computing, Ubiquitous Computing, Sensor Net

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Beating the Limitations of Camera-Monitor Mediated Telepresence with Extra Eyes
When interacting physially, you are most aware of your immediate surroundings, and less aware of objects further away. In telepresence that is usually reversed, as the telepresence screen you focus on concentrates itself on objects far away. Is there any way to combat this? Perhaps...

This book is basically a mixture of electronics guide and augmented reality bible. Not so much about the visual aspects, but about the ubiquitous computing platform, intelligent objects and sensor web.

Switch Craft is filled with all manner of home stitch and sew projects, imbruing clothes with computing parts, diodes and electropigment systems. Ideal for the computer geek who augments their own clothes for computing ability with style, and augmented living, wearably.

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The Future of Clinical Computing: A Vision from Panasonic
An interview between Medgadget and Panasonic, on Panasonic's 2008 vision for the future of clinical computing.

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Processing an Avatar's Facial Colour
Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology have discovered that the human bain processes the colour of a face separately to the features of that face. This is an interesting development, especially when placed in the context of crafting personalised avatar forms for AI sales agents and other interactive AI in virtual space.

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Theories About Players
Nine theories about adverse player / participant behaviour and responses to admin decisions of any world, no matter how benevolent the administration. Be aware of these in advance, lest they creep upon you unawares.

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Podcast: Hod Lipson: Robots that are "self-aware"
Part of a talk from TED 2007. Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.


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May. 17, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland

We invite you to the fourth International Workshop on Ubiquitous Virtual Reality 2010 in Helsinki, Finland. IWUVR2010 will be held as part of the Pervasive 2010 conference.


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On July 16th, Microsoft Research outlined the specific projects to which it?s looking to universities for research contributions. Microsoft is offering academic researchers $3.7 million worth of research funding in the following areas:

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Tenth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
12-16 September 2005, Rome, Italy

The INTERACT '05 conference will highlight to both the academic and industrial world the importance of the Human-Computer ...