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Personal agents may reach your phone before they reach your computer

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Several companies are working on intelligent agents to help you in your computer interactions, ( see Lua created assistant ) and here is yet another one, Magitti.

Magitti is different in that it is taking advantage of some of the phones unique advantages: portability, gps and that it travels with you all day.

It is also different in that there is a built in revenue stream. Magitti recommends local restaurants and shopping at appropriate times and locations.

There are few details to be found at PARC yet. More will be forthcoming I’m sure. There are papers available for a fee at IEEE search for ‘PARC and mobile’.

See also:

Agents, bots and spiders

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

December 19th, 2007 at 5:00 am

Presidental candidate uses illegal bot net to spam voters

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I’m not sure which is worse? The fact you can’t escape election propaganda even in your email in box anymore? Or that the government has found yet another way to intrude into our lives using the internet, artificial intelligence and datamining?

Allegations have been made that Ron Paul’s campaign is creating internet buzz with spam sent through illegal botnets. I’m sure the rest of the candidates won’t be far behind. What does it say about a candidate that he is willing to use criminal methods to help his chance of getting elected? Last time that happened Richard Nixon won the White House. Right now candidates do polls and tell various political factions what they want to hear. How long before those speeches are geared specifically to you and arrive in your in box?

More information:
Analysis: is Ron Paul internet buzz real or spam?
Criminal botnet stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege
First Presidential Candidate spam

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

November 28th, 2007 at 5:00 am

Buddhabot passes a turing test on Yahoo Answers

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I wonder if we could get one of these to run for president? It’s bound to be progress.

The two year old Artificial Intelligence (AI) known as the Buddhabot began answering questions on Yahoo! Answers site last week. Yahoo Answers is a Web 2.0 site with a social content rating system reminiscent of Digg. The Buddhabot has so far answered 102 questions and eleven have been selected as the best answer. The Buddhabot is the first and only AI to compete with human beings to provide the best answers on Yahoo Answers new social networking site. . .

Ingram says that if the Buddhabot can demonstrate even an average score on Yahoo! Answers this is tantamount to passing a variant of the Turing Test, a test proposed in the 1950’s by the famous British Scientist Alan Turing to prove computer consciousness. Turing suggested that if a machine could convince a human being that they were talking to another human instead of a machine that the machine might be considered intelligent. Turing Tests have become the holy grail of the Artificial Intelligence community and many scientists consider the challenge to be as insurmountable as superluminal space travel or nuclear fusion. . . [read more AI beats human intelligence on Yahoo answers social networking site ]

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Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

November 23rd, 2007 at 5:00 am

Use artficial intelligence to sort link spam from legitimate links

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Anyone running a website has been plagued by link spam. It shows up in your access-log files, in false comments on a blog, even in user registrations on a blog. An incredible amount of resources are being put into both sides of this battle. Do a search on any search engine and you’ll find many sites in the top ten results who are just pages of links, or partially scraped content from several other sites. These sites hold little value to the users and hurt legitimate sites.

Identifying and preventing spam was cited as one of the top challenges in web search engines in a 2002 paper. Amit Singhal, principal scientist of Google Inc. estimated that the search engine spam industry had a revenue potential of $4.5 billion in year 2004 if they had been able to completely fool all search engines on all commercially viable queries. Due to the large and ever increasing financial gains resulting from high search engine ratings, it is no wonder that a significant amount of human and machine resources are devoted to artificially inflating the rankings of certain web pages. . . . [ read more Spam Rank – Full automatic link spam detection work in progress ( pdf )]

Link spam is different than regular links in that it shows up in access-logs, links in are often only found in comments on blogs, links may be hidden ( text same color as background ) or cloaked ( show users some thing different than you show search engine bots ) and often all appear in a very short period of time. Other tells include lots of links from low page rank sites or lots of links from sites with the same page rank. Page rank follows a power law and incoming links should do the same.

More information:
Transductive link spam detection (pdf)
Spam Rank – Full automatic link spam detection work in progress ( pdf )
Detecting link spam using temporal information (pdf )

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

November 21st, 2007 at 5:00 am

FBI’s Bot Roast finds compromised computers, M$ refuses to issue patches

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A zombies best friend turns out to be Microsoft and ISPs (Internet Service Providers). It works like this. Three months ago, the American FBI announced that Operation Bot Roast had identified over a million compromised PCs, in scores of botnets. The FBI tried to get in touch with as many of these computer users as possible, and direct them to organizations and companies that can help them clean the zombie software out of their computers. Help can be had for free, although many of the compromised PCs were found to be clogged with all manner of malware (illegal software hidden on your machine to feed you ads or simply track what you do). But most of these PC owners could not be reached, or otherwise were unable to fix their computer. [ read more Information Warfare: Bot Roast Turns on its Master]

The FBI asked Microsoft to issue patches to these computers. Microsoft claimed it was too much trouble, the risk of breaking things on users computers was too great.

More information:
Researchers infilterate and ‘pollute’ Storm botnet
FBI ‘Bot Roast II: 1 million infected PCs, $20 million in losses and 8 indictments
FBI Operation Bot Roast
FBI Over 1 Million Potential Victims of Botnet Cyber Crime

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

October 10th, 2007 at 5:00 am