Distributed Artificial Intelligence, Agent Technology, and Collaborative Applications

We have recently developed a tool that enables intelligent enterprise monitoring. This gives basically any organisation the capability to watch for significant events and alert the relevant person of such an event. Simple examples include event such as excessive spend, health and safety incidents, new highers in a virtual group of organisations and so on.

We then went on to discuss the implication of such technology for different industries, take for example banking, security forces, Tax and Revenue offices and the implication soon start to mount:

The differnece engine vs the machine

Dealing with IT departments, shared service centers and consultancy firms most of my days for the last 12 years seems to be bringing up some interesting knowledge vectors. For one thing most people I meet are very knowledgeable within their area, are very polite and really drive the agenda for the organisation they work for. Digging deeper similarities seem to surface:

Physics Game update 2

Just uploaded a new video. Not much new stuff, but great fun to blow things up. have fun :)

Physics Game update 1

Markus has now completed the first abstraction layer for thegame. This allows the creation of objects via xml without the need to adapt the code. We also noticed during testing that complex buildings like castles out of primatives have to be constructed very carfully, since the calculations lead to collision detections which slow the game right down. We will post a video update as soon as we can handle complex objects.

Archiving the moon landing

Mars Lander 1

Mars Lander 1

Sometimes we are privileged to be part of something special. For me it was a story in a workshop that I won’t forget so quickly. The workshop was on Archiving and Information life cycle management. It actually doesn’t matter if the story is true (butl it is!), I just think it makes an excellent point.

When NASA rushed its Apollo program through new things were invented fast. Deadlines were everything if the Kennedy deadline would be met. So when it came to protocol and long term thinking quite a few things were “set aside”. When Apollo had finished everything was stored away in archives and left.

Local Property development

We just found out that our neighbourhood is under pressure from more developers. I must admit we were not impressed given the already great pressure the area is under. So we got together as a community and decided to plan against the proposed plan. The reason I am writing about it here is the ease with which one can set-up a decent campaign site against it. We managed most of it in about 8 hours of work. Thanks to wordpress the whole thing is not difficult, and if you have done one you can do several quickly. You can see our effort for the near future here: http://www.oatlands.cbprojs.com

Integration

Anyone who does a bit of IT spends time on different activities. These are things like Operating systems, coding, testing, hardware and sizing, project planning, and so on. No matter who you are the toughest thing to solve is usually integration. When I looked at the UK National Health Service (NHS) costs of integration I was surprised to learn that on average it eats up a third of the IT budget, with some parts of the NHS spending over half of their money on integration. So what is it about integration that makes it so expensive and so desirable, and is their an easy way to handle it?