Thought vs thing: a business model.

OReilly Radar posts about another interesting business model: Sony loses $306.85 to $241.35 in manufacturing and component costs on each PS3 – and presumably hopes to recoup the money through software sales. Tim OReilly adds: “how long will it be before we can give away cars for a multi-year commitment to the information services embedded…

Habbo and Ikea.

According to Tech Crunch UK, Habbo Hotel sold more furniture last year than Ikea, and was more profitable. Not quite sure what this means, in money terms – presumably more units of furniture (at virtual prices), rather than higher turnover? The profit ratio (not the absolute profit) would be higher, of course, since there are…

Humans and machines exercising together?

JASSS has an article on “Merging Multi-Agent Systems and Role-Playing Games” which caught my eye as its relevant to some work Ive been doing recently. Can you build an exercise or simulation in which humans and machines can both play? The authors, Paul Guyot and Shinichi Honiden, are both Professors at the University of Tokyo.…

GALE – an internet of discourse?

According to Ars Technica, DARPA is funding GALE, a massive programme to collect and analyse speech. The Global Autonomous Language Exploitation (GALE) programme has 3 modules: – the transcription of spoken languages into text – translation into English – “a distillation engine that can answer questions and summarize information provided by the other two modules.”…

Generating wisdom

OReilly Radar on the difference between User Generated Content (UGC) and Harnessing Collective Intelligence (HCI) shows what we might achieve one day with massive databases. Apparently predictwallstreet.com, which “focuses one million unique monthly visitors on predicting whether a stock will close up or down” claims that “With the help of our algorithms the community can…