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Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:42:26 : Neat concept - $300 spacecraft, well picosats - http://t.co/mxOOxaXl

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Sun, 30 Oct 2011 10:10:26 : Centenary Sq at Op Shield emergency services exercise, fire appliances, ambulances and Hazmat suits galore http://t.co/ljW4wpeR

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Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:38:52 : OK, thoroughly confused, 2 trains at Strawberry Hill station, both going in opposite directions, both going to Waterloo!
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:51:29 : Aleksander - consciousness is not something an entity HAS, it's something that's inferred from behaviour etc - Geoff appears to be agreeing
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:32:53 : Can consciousness be explained scientifically' is of the same form as 'are there objects in space' not as 'are there stars in the galaxy'
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:20:47 : Geoffrey Hunt talking about self-consciousness, & how we need consciousness in order to talk it - ie can we define it if inside the system?
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:14:16 : 'time to move away from a computational model of consciousness to perhaps an interaction based one' - from conversational model perhaps
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:06:22 : A Turing capable chatbot is not a sufficient condition for consciousness/intelligence - of course it isn't, prob not even a sufficient one
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:58:21 : Rollo's Cleverbot and Watson being name checked - followed by discussion of Chinese room
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:49:47 : Mark Bishop now talking about the Turing Test and the Chinese Room
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:48:12 : Less convinced by JohnJoe McFadden's Field Theory - at least an epiphenonema, at most necessary but not sufficient, but doubt even that
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:46:32 : At an event on Consciousness at St Mary's University College. Nice description by Igor Alexsander about Integrated Information Theory

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Fri, 14 Oct 2011 02:33:35 : Got there. osnpc in #opensim to our osnpc region module then our Altair AI DLL to the Discourse web service to handle chat and back again!

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Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:54:23 : That was the best session so far of #modsim, even the Havok ad. Looking forward to trying out VWF. Must read the PDF on the plane home.
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:06:38 : #modsim Richard Boyd talking bout 3 yr old expecting TV to change channel by touch - sure I've heard similar anecdotes elsewhere - epidemic?
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:34:30 : #modsim very simple demo of VWF in chrome and safari - looks very nice, not flashy, just effective
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:30:57 : #modsim VWF = browser+webGL+html5+JavaScript+jabber+collada
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:23:33 : #modsim Richard Boyd, inventor of Croquet #vw, now Lockheed Martin on the Virtual Worlds Architecture Framework - VWF, waiting for URL
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:20:10 : #modsim DARPA programme on Educational Dominance with digital tutors sounds interesting http://t.co/dHBzgEVt
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:09:58 : #modsim Frank DiGiovanni from OSD chairing Defence session on training through gaming and virtual worlds
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:01:21 : #modsim Richard Clark and Tom Cobb being quoted in the debate about whether games = learning
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:42:44 : #modsim serious game design session - wondering if there are 3 types of feedback, in-band, out-of-band (both lead) and at the end (lag)
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:13:47 : #modsim at least LVCA makes sense as it completes a 2x2 matrix of controller (human or AI) and domain (atoms or bytes)
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:11:31 : #modsim just getting a grip on LVC - Live-Virtual-Constructive and they start trying to add As (Autonomous) and Is (Immersive) to it
Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:05:09 : Just been showing our old Tranquility Base sim in #SL to the guys from NASA. They're demoing a neat SL moon base STEM simulation - MoonWorld

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Wed, 12 Oct 2011 18:56:49 : #modsim nice open discussion about what it would take to build a holodeck - or whether we're best off waiting for direct neural interfaces!
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:18:08 : Dana Moore (now of SAIC) talking sense about sensors and virtual worlds - smart web capable sensors updating #vw in realtime #modsim
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:59:10 : Just finished presenting at #modsim, but why are virtual worlds & serious games in their own ghetto track & not merged with subject tracks?
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:22:22 : #modsim Lesa Roe from NASA Langley keynoting. Nice video of a simulation of an aircraft with morphing wings - almost bird-like
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:47:34 : Building Daniel Graystones house from Caprica in #opensim - found a whole real estate page on it - http://t.co/HGneOKkC #lovetheinternet
Wed, 12 Oct 2011 03:57:06 : Made cracking progress with a Region Module controller for the restored #osnpc #osbots functions in #opensim, full control of multiple bots

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Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:26:21 : RT: @chatbots Daden Ltd from the UK joins Advanced Business Membership Program!! Early bird #10. Many thanks! http://t.co/IvMHIcqJ
Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:31:20 : MT: @poupka Off to MODSIM. Presenting on Implementing AI Behaviors in a Virtual World. #mustmakeslides #soon >> likewise, and sounds good

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Mon, 10 Oct 2011 05:34:05 : Journey to @modsimworld starts - taxi in the dark to #BHX, BTW what is the hashtag - is it #modsim?

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Fri, 07 Oct 2011 11:50:04 : Anyone else from the UK heading out for @modsimworld in the US next week? We're talking about our New York hurricane project #modsim

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Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:24:35 : GURPS Transhuman Space: High Frontier supplement ***** #sfrpg #gurps http://t.co/AYtokefK


Finally got hold of the High Frontier supplement for the GURPS Transhuman Space RPG. This is still one of the best "realistic" imaginings of a near-future solar system - probably circa 2150 or even 2200 given current rates. It's certainly on a par with Paul McAuley's Quiet War series.

One thing that also struck me about recent SF I've read:

- Cyberabad Days by Ian McDonland is all about future India
- Quiet War is about a dominant Brazil in space
- Transhuman Space is all about a dominant China in space.

In other words it looks like the BRICs countries will inherit and dominate our SF future.

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