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|8th||I must tell you how happy I was to see
this view today, i.e. the beautiful Netherlands.
When I tried to get a taxi to Arlanda, Taxi Kurir refused to send me one. They said that the road to Arlanda was completely cut off by a traffic accident. But my good friend and colleague Ola drove me, and I arrived Just In Time!
|Getting closer to ground...
...and to Amsterdam.
On the plane I met
Steve who was going to pick up a plane in
|QUIZ||Yes, this is actually a Toshiba laptop
computer (although a few generations older than mine).
What is it used for? (clue, it can be found in the hotel reception desk, study the details in the picture).
Now, June 18 , the quiz has expired and no one gave the right answer.
|9th||Decided to rent a car and see some sights. Found one at Avis´s internet site, but didn´t book it since their office was just a block away. Bad mistake! Another guy before me snatched their last car, so I had to walk to another firm. Their office was right across the conference hotel, so I registered and got my badge.|
|A truly beautiful morning. Sunshine, over 20 centigrade and I was on the road towards Stillwater.|
|There I took a tourist Trolley and learned some things about the city´s story. It is one of the oldest communities in the state. This house was built by Alexander Johansson in the late 1800´s. He was from Sweden and had two sawmills right across the river. The story says that he monitored the workers from his house. On the St. Croix river paddlewheel riverboats were waiting for tonight's cruises.|
|But I did´nt have time to wait for them, so I drove further up to Scandia. Here was the site of the first Swedish settlements in Minnesota. I walked on the cemetery and read the stones on the graveyards. The majority had Swedish names and inscriptions. An overwhelming feeling, that really reminded me about Småland.|
|After that I crossed the river at Osceola and drove down to Mall of America. Here we are talking BIG shopping, very far from e-Commerce and Agent technology.|
|Instead the amusement park is filled
with kids. The restaurants are plenty, and the shoppers are abundant.
I did what any serious marketing student must do. I shopped.
Finally ended the day with a Coke
(Classic) and Nachos (Doritos) in my bed.
|10th||Today I attended the workshop on
Agent-Mediated Electronic Trade, AMET ´98.
Here is Julian Padget showing us how a Spanish fish market looks like. Both IRL and IEC.
|The coffee breaks are sometimes equally fruitful as the presentations. This conference goes for coffee and Pepsi.|
|Had lunch with Sverker and Niklas from SICS. I do not know if there are more Swedes here.|
Agents 98 opened and
|As you can see, we are quite a crowd. Here are some of the almost 500 people that were in the Nicollet Ball room this morning.|
|Next year the Agents ´99 conference will be held in Seattle. Here is Jeff Bradshaw who is going to be chair.|
|Today's invited speaker was Les Gasser from the National Science Foundation. A very good talk. When I asked if he saw a future where NSF would allow agents to autonomously decide on which projects to fund, he said no. "NSF have obligations". So much for agents...they are good for others, but not us.|
|Then I went to the sessions about Interface Issues, WWW agents and Electronic Commerce. Kris Thorisson ex MIT Media Lab, now Lego, was one of the many who gave great presentations. He also showed a video on Gandalf built on the Ymir system. A gazing application that allows users interaction with gestures, natural language and more.|
|Those of you who followed last years log might remember the robots from Sony. This years breed are updated so the can have parts replaces. E.g. the legs can be replaced by wheels. Still lousy ball players, but very emotionally appealing.|
|And! as you can se on this Toshiba Libretto, the robot´s camera can be fed into a computer screen. So you can se what they can see. Cool!|
|12th||This mornings invited speaker was Lucy
Suchman from Xerox PARC. She delivered a really good talk about Human-Machine relations.
She ended by proposing the notions of design as the writing of dynamic artifacts and design as artful integration.
Among the interested attendants was Sverker and Niklas from SICS, here sitting next to Katia.
Today the software demos started, and the demo room quickly became jammed with interested agent-fans.
The technical sessions was followed by a banquet featuring and excellent dinner, nice people and...
...a dinner talk by Oren Etzioni. He talked about shopping robots and the Jango Business Model
Here I am with Oren. We had a brief discussion about Jango´s different designs and shopbot implications for online vendors.
|13th||This mornings invited speaker was Bernardo Huberman from Xerox PARC. He spoke about cars, trucks, portfolios and packet latency. Great stuff!|
|This afternoon offered as second round of demos. Here is Kurt discussing CiteSeer..|
|No demo without Irene, she set up all the hardware and wires. And she also helped me connect my Toshiba to the Net. Which meant I could do manage my bits both faster and cheaper than at the hotel. Which by the way could not offer any help at all after I checked out.|
|This is Mr Takama from Japan. He followed the conference as a part of his writing for the Japanese edition of Wired. His cameras captured everything till the bitter end...|
|...which followed the panel discussing future trends in Autonomous Agents.|
|14th||Back in my room at Stockholm university.
Looking sometimes at my screen, sometimes through the window to the real world. Truly a beautiful day out there!
|Thank you all for following my deeds.
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PAQ - Please Ask Questions - the answers:
|What is a PhD student in marketing doing at Agents´98?||I am studying three things: 1/ Digital Content Management, 2/Agent
Technology and 3/ Electronic Packaging. One phenomena emerging right now is
a developing interaction between the marketing discipline and the agent discipline.
I am approaching this development from two directions:
Correct answer to the Quiz
The old Toshiba is used to initialize the room keys, which are of credit-card type with a magnetic strip.