MiniPC 
Maybe the Core Duo is still too much expensive for a middle-class customer, I don't think is too much power for you, so a MiniPC could go further, even if a Via processor or a Celeron M would be good enough.
Here we have either SATA or DDR2 Ram instead of ATA and DDR333 SDRAM, and this for only about 160x125x55mm. And please consider now 32GB or 64 GB Flash memory instead of traditional Hard disk for mass storage...
Power consumption under 20W...
Fanless so noiseless...

all in a single board computer (Mini-Nano-Pico-iTX form factor).

a touchscreen color display (why not)

Hava a look to this motherboard: Intel Core 2, Pentium and Celeron processors in a small mini-ITX form factor with the ZOTAC nForce 610i-ITX. The ZOTAC nForce 610i-ITX delivers compatibility with Intel socket LGA775 processors with 1333 MHz front-side buses.

NVIDIA GeForce 7050 graphics processor with CineFX 3.0 technology delivers DirectX 9.0 with Shader Model 3.0 compatibility

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The Semantic Web 

The Semantic Web is an evolution of the WWW in which information is machine processable (rather than being only human oriented), thus permitting browsers or other software agents to find, share and combine information more easily.

At its core the Semantic Web consists of a data model called Resource Description Framework (RDF), a variety of data interchange formats (e.g RDF/XML, N-Triples), and notations such as RDF Schema (RDFS) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL) that facilitate formal description of concepts, terms and relationships within a given domain.

(definition from Wikipedia feb'06)

Recently, it has been defined from W3C SPARQL, a query language and data access protocol for the Semantic Web.

Even our Blog at studiocapponi.com has an RDF 1.0 compliant feed.

 



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ITS - AI & Robotics for Intelligent Transportation Systems 

(Some recent works)

LISA- Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles @ CVRR/UCSD

IEEE ITS Society Newsletter - Dec 2006

ICRA2007 -Workshop on Planning, Perception and Navigation for Intelligent Vehicles (PPNIV)- Rome, April, 14 2007
The 11th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2008)
2008 IEEE InteIligent Vehicles Symposium (IV'08)



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AI topics 
Here I'll collect and test working knowledge and studies about intelligent agents, bots and autonomous systems in virtual and real worlds ...

* Intelligent Agents
* Intelligent Bots
* AIML: Artificial Intelligence Markup Language
* The Semantic Web: RDF, OWL, SPARQL and so on..
* ITS - AI & Robotics for Intelligent Transportation Systems



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Open Directory 
I'm a DMOZ and Wikipedia editor, so I believe in human classification and review of knowledge.

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