12.0284 agents; ghosts; AsianDOC

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 16:46:06 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 284.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D." <bralich@HAWAII.EDU> (66)
Subject: Ergo Talks with Microsoft Agents (Free Software)

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (45)
Subject: Hallowe'en Greetings

[3] From: Maureen Donovan <donovan.1@osu.edu> (18)
Subject: AsianDOC E-Newsletter 1:3 published

Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 12:22:30 -1000 (HST)
From: "Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D." <bralich@HAWAII.EDU>
Subject: Ergo Talks with Microsoft Agents (Free Software)

Microsoft has recently made some of its agent technology available
on the web at http://www.microsoft.com/agents. Most well-known
is a 3 D Parrot called "Peedy." Ergo Linguistics has just modified
their patented "ChatterBox" technology to make it possible to speak
with "Peedy" and the other agents.

For those who are interested in viewing this talking desktop agent,
we can provide the necessary files for a user that will
set everything up and put the "Peedy" icon on the desktop.
The "ChatterBox.exe" file will set up ChatterBox which will
automatically allow you to speak to Peedy.

Once you set up ChatterBox and the "Peedy" in this setup file
Just type in sentences like the following and you can ask the
corresponding questions.

John gave mary a book because it was her birtbday
did John give mary a book
what did john give mary
who gave mary a book
who did john give a book
why did john give mary a book

the tall dark stranger is carrying a bloody knife
what is the stranger doing
what is the stranger carrying
was the stranger carrying a knife

you saw the tall dark stranger in the park
where did you seen the stanger
what did you see
what did you see in the park

thomas jefferson is the third president of the United States
who is the third president of the United States

The Yankees won the 1998 World series
WHAT won the 1998 World Series
*currently the program does not know that the "Yankees" are
people so it is necessary to use "What" for this question.

and so on.

Of course you could build a variety of story or
educational files to talk to Peedy about, but for this
early version it is just fun to put in a few sentences
and chat with him. This is also available with the
Virtual Friend technology at http://www.haptek.com.
Our web site is http://www.ergo-ling.com if you have
any further interest in our NLP technology. Or...
if you have a WIN95 animation of your own we would
be happy to show you how to connect ChatterBox to

I will be showing this in Boston at the SBIR National
Conference November 3-5th. I will also be giving a
lecture and demonstration of this technology at
Northeastern University (Thursday at noon room 415 in
the Classroom Building) while I am there. If you have
anyone in town at that time or at that conference, ask
them to stop by and I will give them a more thorough
introduction to the ChatterBox technology and our other
NLP tools. Because my company is an SBIR grantee we
will have display space in the SBIR section near the
main entrance.

Phil Bralich

Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Ergo Linguistic Technologies
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
Honolulu, HI 96822

Tel: (808)539-3920
Fax: (808)539-3924

Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 17:59:11 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Hallowe'en Greetings

October 30, 1998

Ghost Sites: <http://www.disobey.com/ghostsites/index.htm>
International Ghost Hunters Society at <http://www.ghostweb.com/>

>From INFOBITS, October 1988

>Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 16:01:10 -0500
>From: Carolyn Kotlas <carolyn_kotlas@unc.edu>
>>CIT INFOBITS October 1998 No. 4 ISSN 1521-9275
>"Beware of what you create. It may come back to haunt you."
>At Ghost Sites, freelance writer Steve Baldwin documents Web pages that
>are dead but continue to haunt the Internet. Ghost sites are "grim
>digital apparitions reminding us of how perilous the voyage through
>cyberspace has become.... Most of them die slowly, from degenerative
>bit rot and months of atrophy." While many of the sites that fall into
>disuse were created by companies that have gone out of business,
>academic institutions also provide a big source of dead sites.
>College-hosted student Web pages linger on after their owners graduate
>or move on to other interests. Even department-sponsored sites are
>subject to untimely ends when grant money for their upkeep runs out or
>projects are completed.
>Visit Ghost Sites at http://www.disobey.com/ghostsites/index.htm
>And, in honor of Halloween, check out ghosts of a more spectral nature
>on The Ghost Web, the official Web site for the International Ghost
>Hunters Society at http://www.ghostweb.com/
>Copyright 1998, UNC-CH Center for Instructional Technology. All rights
>May be reproduced in any medium for non-commercial purposes.
>INFOBITS is an electronic service of the University of North Carolina
>at Chapel Hill's Center for Instructional Technology. Each month the
>CIT's Information Resources Consultant monitors and selects from a
>number of information technology and instructional technology sources
>that come to her attention and provides brief notes for electronic
>dissemination to educators.

Date: Sat, 31 Oct 1998 23:20:48 -0500
From: Maureen Donovan <donovan.1@osu.edu>
Subject: AsianDOC E-Newsletter 1:3 published

Apologies for cross-posting --

AsianDOC Electronic Newsletter 1:3 (October 1998) is available at:


In addition to articles and notices in each department (Databases,
Conferences/Meetings, Technical Corner, Reviews, Interest Groups), this issue
includes a searchable index of authors, titles and cited websites.

AsianDOC (Asian Database Online Community) supports communication among
scholars, researchers, librarians, and others developing and/or interested in
electronic resources for Asian Studies. It is the official publication for
Scholars Engaged in Electronic Resources (SEER), an organization supporting
developers of electronic resources in Asian Studies.

The deadline for submissions to be published in the next issue is December

Maureen Donovan
AsianDOC Publisher/Editor
The Ohio State University Libraries

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