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- June 21, 2001
Studio Chief Resigns!
Before being promoted to Disney Studio Chief in early 2000, Schneider had served as the president of Walt Disney Studios and head Disney Feature Animation.
"I wish Peter
all the success and happiness as he goes forward,'' says Disney CEO Michael
Eisner. "For the last 16 years, he has been a wonderful colleague
and friend who has been at the center of our incredible creative successes
in animation and the legitimate theater. He has chosen to go back to his
roots in live theater. Whether Peter is producing a play on Broadway or
wherever his plans take him, I will be with him in spirit. Peter's passion
and purpose, however, will be missed in Burbank.''
Ninja Turtles to Become CGI Animated Movie
A.I. Spawns Interest
in Real Artifical Intelligence
"Real artificial intelligence applications rarely resemble what you see in the movies," said outgoing AAAI president Bruce Buchanan. "But there are many practical uses of AI, and many more that will emerge in the next few years. And AI can enhance what human beings can accomplish through their own senses and brain power."
Tom Mitchell, who will become the President of the AAAI in August 2001, continues with this theme and notes that, "The goal of AI is not to build computers that replace people except, of course, for those chores that people don't want to do because they are dangerous, mundane, or otherwise unappealing. The goal," Mitchell says, "is to build machines that enhance what people can do."
Mitchell said it won't be long before robots will be involved in search & rescue operations, elderly care, highway driving, or finding lost items. He added that AI research has the potential to result in "a lot of long-term payoffs that are good for the country, including many social benefits and possible cures for disease."
On August 4, just
a month after the movie opens, the AAAI will be co-sponsoring the International
Joint Conference on AI (IJCAI-01) in Seattle. Featuring Microsoft Chairman
Bill Gates as the keynote speaker, the one-week conference will serve
as a forum for the best minds in AI to present the latest research, demonstrate
technology that is currently available, and to discuss what's just over
News Link of the Day - Pearl Harbor Doesn't Make the Grade
According to the Washington Post (AP):
"The stars weren't famous enough. The running time was too long. The hype too great. The reviews devastating.
There are many explanations
offered for why Disney's Pearl Harbor has fallen short of expectations
since its star-spangled premiere on the deck of a Navy aircraft carrier
a month ago
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