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The newsgroup has passed, and should be implemented soon. Related groups include,, r.g.chess,, and r.g.programmer. [Ron Dippold ,, 3/7/95. David Joslin.]

Who owns the zebra? Peter Ludemann has a collection of zebra puzzle solutions in Prolog and Life, in . [, comp.lang.prolog, 3/4/95.]

Dick Pountain's short tutorial on constraint logic programming is available on , with permission from BYTE (2/95). [Michael Jampel ,, 2/8/95. David Joslin.]

To see Tom Whalen's 1994 Loebner winner, telnet to 3000. Other work from the same lab is on . Whalen says -- perhaps tongue-in- cheek -- that he likes the Loebner competition because the competitors are refreshingly optimistic, theories have to be proven, progress is happening, and "competitors do NOT have to be personal friends with Marvin Minsky." [,, 3/8/95. David Joslin.] (Loebner suggests that Minsky compete and win the prize, thus ending the publicity.)

David Waltz says that "within AI, Massively Parallel AI probably comes closest to recapturing the grand goals and mind- expanding excitement of the field's early days." -- Forward to "Massively Parallel Artificial Intelligence" (AAAI/MIT Press, 1994) by Hiroaki Kitano and James A. Hendler (eds.), which reports on NLP, computer vision, genetic algorithms, and alife. [David Kahaner . Chuck Morefield, 3/11/95.]

Scott Fahlman says that dynamic languages such as Dylan and Lisp are for evolutionary, exploratory, or incremental software development, rather than AI/symbolic programming per se. It's just that "AI people can't even pretend that they know what they are doing, unlike software engineers, who can pretend and sometimes even convince others. :-) " It's difficult to add "automatic storage management, incremental everything, a not-too-restrictive, hierarchical, extensible type system, a lot of high-level facilities so that the user is not constantly twiddling pointers and word-lengths, and so on" to a static language such as C++. [, comp.lang.dylan, 3/9/95. Chuck Morefield.]

Guy Steele's "Common Lisp, The Language (2nd edition)" is online at . [Patrick Tufts , genetic-programming, 2/27/95. Bill Park.]

UK's Open University is offering worldwide M.Sc.-level email courses on Common Lisp for AI (DMZX863) and Intensive Prolog (DMZX862). 100-120 hours of study from early May through 10/95, then 11/95 through 4/95. Outside the UK, tutors will be available by email. Quarter/15-point credit. Write to for a syllabus, or check or <.../dmzx862.html> and . [Marc Eisenstadt ,, 2/27/95. Tony Kusalik.] (Hong Kong and Singapore are excluded, as they have their own Open University providers.)

(BTW: NeXT Computer's applications development kit is going from $2,999 to $4,999 on 4/1/95. ParcPlace and IBM charge similar fees. [Information Week, 3/13/95, p. 32. EDUPAGE.])