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AI Magazine (Winter '90) carried an ad for a new monthly, the Intelligent Systems Report, from the publishers of AIWeek and Neural Network News. A 3-month trial was offered for $25. [I am not affiliated, of course, and the Communique does not carry paid advertising.] The contact number is (404) 434-2187.

For the business side of neural networks, Ed Rosenfeld is marketing Intelligence, a $295 monthly. Ed also has the Neural Network Almanac for $395. Or you can order SEAI's compendium, Neural Network Applications and Products, for $325. Call The Schwartz Associates, (415) 965-4561, for literature.

IEEE Spectrum (2/91) printed an ad for The Electronics Classifieds, a biweekly job-posting newspaper for electrical engineers; (602) 860-9535, price unspecified. Related services are Jobs-On-Line, (415) 324-3780 modem 8-N-1, and Execu-Net Information Services, (415) 947-6845. InfoDiscs (Palo Alto) markets a $40 DOS database of 1600 profiles for science and engineering companies in Silicon Valley; (415) 493-2212.

IEEE also says that Lederberg's survey/report on the state of grant funding in the U.S. is available from The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Directorate for Science and Policy Programs, 1333 H Street, Washington, DC 20005. (If you're planning to make a living on government grants, you may want to read the comments of frustrated respondents. NSF has published similar reports. Only 25% or so of NSF applicants win grants, with doubtful continuity from year to year.)

Helen Gigley (Program Director, KMCS) tells me that NSF has not continued its software initiative. Also, increased workloads in other proposal categories (due partly to the new "openness" policy) may delay both declinations and awards this year.

Cognitive scientists should take note of The Journal of Learning Sciences, a new quarterly from Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Volume 1 (1991) is only $35 individual or $70 institutional -- $20 more outside the U.S. and Canada.

For information about government-supported robotics and AI projects -- including upcoming workshops and conferences -- government employees and contractors may access the free RAID database maintained by NOSC. Ask Mike Dwyer, (619) 553-5308, or CSC's Judi Graham, (619) 225-2511, about Milnet/DDN access.

If you're looking for a new AI customer, you might want to attend the First International Conference on AI Applications on Wall Street this October 9-11 in New York. Sponsors include ACM, IEEE, AAAI, and SMART-F$ (Society for the Management of AI Resources and Technology--Financial Services). Contact Mary Bianchi, (718) 260-3760, for information or registration.

To see what engineers have been up to, ask Pergamon Press for a sample issue of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence. (The six issues for 1991 cost $355.) US: (914) 592-3359. UK and elsewhere: (+44) 0865-743479.

For information about the Macintosh world, you might consider MacInfo from Niles and Associates (Berkeley). The current disk should have about 7,000 abstracts from MacUser, Macweek, and other publications. $120 for 12 monthly updates ($99 for developers and academics). [If you'd rather network to get information, join a major users' group such as BMUG or BCS. I'm a BMUG member.]

GBA Inc. is compiling TechSpecs, a CD-ROM database of Macintosh product descriptions. Each listing is $295/year, plus $25 per CD ROM after the first quarter. (404) 518-1014.

Metatec Corp. is publishing the first monthly CD-ROM magazine, Nautilus, including classical and country music, games, photos, artwork, demonstrations, and educational material. (I couldn't determine the theme from Craig Crossman's article in the 12/2/90 San Jose Mercury News.) Subscription is $137.40; (800) 365-1639.