Brilliant Flash 2000
It was a time like now, the air was moist from the Hurricane that had brushed Florida, and a Tropical Storm was growing south of Cuba. The Donald Harris had come down to visit and help me with the sanding and finishing my Library in Marco Island. Then a strong thunderstorm opened up, so I placed the Sony Hi8 Camcorder on the table outside of the master bedroom sliding door that opened into the enclosed pool area. And just let it run capturing the lightening and thunder and the heavy rain. I thought a lot about creating a new product for Personal Digital Libraries due to my background in Document Storage and Retrieval. Artificial Intelligence, PC Manufacturing and Test, QA, and since I grew up with the PC industry from the beginning, I knew that a product should have no boundaries, and no limits on its target market, since it was expected to continually evolve…
A place to work is needed, and a place to demo the integration of advanced Internet Technologies that would reduce the “what is it again?” questions.
What is the Artificial Technology Center
The Artificial Technology Center (ATC) is to be a new and unique research and development laboratory. Its purpose is to advance and promote the technology of high-speed (Broadband) Internet applications. The center will advance the technology with an innovative research and development series of projects. It will promote the technology by demonstrating and educating the public as to the new possibilities offered by a broadband Internet (Bi). The ATC will use a constant flow of the latest PC and Audio/Video equipment and systems. The ATC will be built inside of a normal Executive Office Building with the construction of a partial house (approximately 1200sqft.) with easy to visualize Smart House wiring and the ability to use the ATC house called a AiHome™ as a retail store, a live development lab, and a classroom.
Why is it needed?
The Center is needed for one primary reason – to develop profitable systems for the Internet of tomorrow. All businessmen are aware of the difficulties in developing new products. Developing products for the Internet is even more challenging because no one knows how the Internet will grow and what it will grow into. We do know that its amazing technological advances have changed the rules of commerce, yet we do not yet know what those rules have changed into. Because of this, developing creative and profitable products is much more difficult on the Internet than in the past.
The Center will be an environment designed to quickly produce new products and technologies. It takes advantage of the fact that advances in broadband technology will soon turn the Internet into a high bandwidth network to the home. These changes will open the door for a host of previously impossible applications. The Center solves the problem of how to create these different applications and it also determines if they will be profitable. It does this by building an environment where an Internet user can use the new applications in a meaningful and productive way, and where at the same time, we can assess their usefulness and profitability. The ATC’s environment is available online via the Bi and is called the AiDigital Library™.
What is the AiDigital Library?
The AiDigital Library is conceived as integration, both physically and in the abstract, of a library with the World Wide Web as it’s bookshelf. The goal is have an environment consisting of library and web, which fulfills the functions of both in the most useful and human centered manner possible.
We are building a library because a library, seen as a physical container of knowledge, has the same function as the Internet – today’s most successful and powerful container of Knowledge. The Internet has its enormity and timeliness of information, hyperlinks, plus the well-honed excellence of the various search engines The library, on the other hand, has the advantage of human comfort such as windows, chairs, desks, and space. Both however have the same function, which is to serve us humans in our ability to acquire, manipulate, and create information.
As the Center’s main tool for product development, the AiDigital Library will serve multiple roles as think tank, R&D facility, and technology showcase. By building it we hope not only to demonstrate the advanced capabilities offered by a high bandwidth Internet, but also to act as a bootstrap and catalytic agent for the development of commercially successful products.
The AiDigital Library will require innovative hardware and software I/O devices and solutions. The library must make one’s physical environment a powerful tool for accessing and manipulating the multitude of information streams present on the Internet: such as HDTV video, surround sound, hypertext search engines, and 3D visual data sets. Conversely, it must also allow one to control the physical aspects of the library in such a way as to facilitate one’s control of the Internet and it’s multimedia. Solving these problems, and in general building the library, will result in the profitable Internet application’s needed for commercial success.
The Artificial, Inc. “AiDigital Library” is a ongoing research and development project aimed at providing the user a multimedia digital library of all of their documents, photos, and home/corporate videos, as well as the using the internet as our Global Infobase.
How it’s done
The computer selected is a SONY VAIO computer system with a Pentium IV, DVD, DV Firewire interface, Macintosh G4 DVDr system, VideoConference Camera, Color printer, Sony LCD flat panel screen, and a Digital Camera. The human interface is a local web site using our AI 3D-library QTVR look and feel; the user can operate everything in the room. From the rack of the Home Theater equipment in the AI 3D library, the user can access the any of the equipment using a connection to the AV control system, as well as cruise the internet, or retrieve and show documents, movies, and images. The Control PC is connected to the home Cat 5 network or wireless network and to the Internet via a Broadband T1/DSL or faster. The performance of the resulting AiHome must have the ability to transmit and receive full motion video in a minimum of MPEG4 format to a maximum of HDTV format.
The use of various high capacity storage or Mass Storage Devices will be required to store and retrieve the massive amounts of digital information.
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