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Practical Artificial Intelligence Programming With Java


I wrote this book for both professional programmers and home hobbyists who already know how to program in Java and who want to learn practical Artificial Intelligence (AI) programming and information processing techniques. I have tried to
make this an enjoyable book to work through. In the style of a “cook book,” the
chapters can be studied in any order. Each chapter follows the same pattern: a motivation for learning a technique, some theory for the technique, and a Java example
program that you can experiment with.

I have been interested in AI since reading Bertram Raphael’s excellent book Thinking Computer: Mind Inside Matter in the early 1980s. I have also had the good
fortune to work on many interesting AI projects including the development of commercial expert system tools for the Xerox LISP machines and the Apple Macintosh,
development of commercial neural network tools, application of natural language
and expert systems technology, medical information systems, application of AI technologies to Nintendo and PC video games, and the application of AI technologies to
the financial markets.

Ice Manual – Ice 3.4 – ZeroC

The Internet Communications Engine (Ice) is a modern object-oriented toolkit that enables you to build distributed applications with minimal effort. Ice allows you to focus your efforts on your application logic, and it takes care of all interactions with low-level network programming interfaces. With Ice, there is no need to worry about details such as opening network connections, serializing and deserializing data for network transmission, or retrying failed connection attempts.

The main design goals of Ice are:

Provide an object-oriented middleware platform suitable for use in heterogeneous environments.
Provide a full set of features that support development of realistic distributed applications for a wide variety of domains.
Avoid unnecessary complexity, making the platform easy to learn and to use.
Provide an implementation that is efficient in network bandwidth, memory use, and CPU overhead.
Provide an implementation that has built-in security, making it suitable for use over insecure public networks.
In simpler terms, the Ice design goals could be stated as "Let’s build a powerful middleware platform that makes the developer’s life easier."

via Ice Manual – Ice 3.4 – ZeroC.

>Amazon Silk | The official blog of the Amazon Silk team


Introducing Amazon Silk

September 28, 2011 by The Amazon Silk Team 429 Comments

Today in New York, Amazon introduced Silk, an all-new web browser powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and available exclusively on the just announced Kindle Fire.  You might be asking, “A browser?  Do we really need another one?”  As you’ll see in the video below, Silk isn’t just another browser.  We sought from the start to tap into the power and capabilities of the AWS infrastructure to overcome the limitations of typical mobile browsers.  Instead of a device-siloed software application, Amazon Silk deploys a split-architecture.  All of the browser subsystems are present on your Kindle Fire as well as on the AWS cloud computing platform.  Each time you load a web page, Silk makes a dynamic decision about which of these subsystems will run locally and which will execute remotely.  In short, Amazon Silk extends the boundaries of the browser, coupling the capabilities and interactivity of your local device with the massive computing power, memory, and network connectivity of our cloud.

We’ll have a lot more to say about Amazon Silk in the coming weeks and months, so please check back with us often.  You can also follow us on Twitter at @AmazonSilk.  Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about career opportunities on the Amazon Silk team, please visit our jobs page.

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>Stayed up late last…


Stayed up late last night to be continued. Yesterday, while I was in doctor’s office I brainstormed some first sentence of story and the thought is(?) me that it might make for a good social network website. Last night I got firstsentences.com domain. So, very good that it was available and I think I will pursue this idea. listen

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