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This is a small companion piece to my page on L-systems . As mentioned there, in 1952 Alan Turing wrote a paper  proposing a reaction-diffusion model as the basis of the development of patterns such as the spots and stripes seen in animal skin.
Researchers at the University of Arizona and Carnegie Mellon University are working to create a robot receptionist. What makes the effort novel is that the "roboceptionist" is bilingual and bicultural – a computer with a face and a natural language interface. A three-year, $1 million grant from the Qatar National Research Foundation is funding basic advances in human-computer interaction.
Divisi is a library for reasoning by analogy and association over semantic networks , including common sense knowledge. Divisi uses a sparse higher-order SVD can help find related concepts, features, and relation types in any knowledge base that can be represented as a semantic network. By including common sense knowledge from ConceptNet , the results can include relationships not expressed in the original data but related by common sense.