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Xerox’s PARC Wants to Evolve Virtual Assistant Conversational Skills
The R&D lab is researching ways to create ongoing dialogue between human and bot
31 January 2018 | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
by Steven Norton

Half a century after helping revolutionize how people interact with PCs through its pioneering work in the graphical user interface, PARC is tackling the technology’s possible successor: the conversation-based interface.

The R&D lab wholly owned by Xerox Corp., in an effort to automate and improve manual workflows at the office, is researching technology that would allow human employees to have ongoing conversations with their digital counterparts.


In Offices of the Future, Everyone Will Have a Souped-up Amazon Echo-type Robot Assistant
28 September 2017 | CNBC: Make It
by Catherine Clifford

Ever have one of those days where you really wish you had a second set of hands? Or maybe an assistant?

In next generation offices, that may just be a reality, because everyone will have a robot helper, says Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO of Silicon Valley research and development company PARC.

"You can think about how we have the Amazon Echoes and Google Homes at home and interact with them. And all of that data and all of that interaction would be delivered to people in a way that those agents understand the workflow, the task, the corporation hierarchy," says Kurtoglu to Recode's Kara Swisher.


Immigration Rx for Women: Maximum Strength
11 November 2015 | Huffington Post
by Fiona Citkin

Hoda Eldardiry, from Egypt: Resilience in Action

At age 15, this passionate poetry paramour dreamed about going into the sciences for a career--but she happened to be born in the wrong country where such dreams seldom come true for women. Today, Hoda Eldardiry, Ph.D., s a research scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a Xerox Company, in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery. She also serves on the Xerox Innovation Group Women's Council and is active in the US high-tech community.


The Future of Work Show, Episode 7: Inside PARC (video)
28 October 2015 | Forbes.com
by Jacob Morgan, Contributor

In this episode of "The Future of Work Show," Jacob Morgan sits down with PARC CEO Stephen Hoover and some other PARC  employees to talk about everything from robots and artificial intelligence to batteries and fuel cells, to water and lasers, to printed/large area electronics and optics, to the freelancer economy, millennials and, of course, innovation.


Study: Smart Robots are coming for (some of) our jobs
How robots and artificial intelligence will shape our future
6 August 2014 | Fast Company
by Chris Gayomali

A new study by Pew Internet Research takes a hard look at how innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence will impact the future of work. To reach their conclusions, Pew researchers invited 12,000 experts (academics, researchers, technologists, and the like) to answer two basic questions:

  • Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?
  • To what degree will AI and robotics be parts of the ordinary landscape of the general population by 2025?

Close to 1,900 experts responded. About half (48%) of the people queried envision a future in which machines have displaced both blue- and white-collar jobs. It won't be so dissimilar from the fundamental shift we saw in manufacturing, in which fewer (human) bosses oversaw automated assembly lines. What careers are most in danger? X-ray technicians, legal clerks, and news writer jobs were among those mentioned--essentially anything that requires routine decision-making is in danger of becoming automated. (The Associated Press, for example, is already experimenting with having machines write short business stories.) Careers requiring creativity, empathy, critical thinking, and judgment calls, on the other hand, were thought to be safer from being taken by machines.


Are We There Yet? Delivering a Contextually Aware Networked Vehicle
6 September 2013 | Techonomy
by Jatinder Singh

"Businesses and consumers are embracing a mobile experience for entertainment and information nearly everywhere, from devices and applications to the connected home to social networks. Yet there is a last bastion of holdouts in our increasingly “always on” mobile lifestyle—our cars.

Though roadblocks exist, the car’s time has come. Both the mobile and automotive industries have finally reached a critical, defining moment to create and deliver an unprecedented mobile platform: the networked vehicle."


Wearable electronics move on from iPhone, to iWatch and beyond
18 March 2013 | San Jose Mercury News
by Patrick May

"Many of these gadgets will simply piggyback on the muscular computing prowess available in the cloud, said Mike Roberts, an engineer with PARC...Computers take the mountain of input from your device, crunch it, and immediately suggest ways for you to, say, improve your athletic performance....

Roberts talked about one very human application of wearable technology, a beta version of a head-mounted computer that PARC worked on with Motorola Solutions. It connects a user in the field, say a sailor trying to fix a broken generator on a naval ship, with an expert thousands of miles away...

'You got the iPhone,' said PARC's Mike Kuniavsky, 'then you got the apps, and now the apps are jumping off the screen and becoming devices you can wear.'"


No Hands Required: The Next Evolution of Mobile Computing
Redefining how work gets done
9 January 2013 | Verizon Wireless News Center
by Brian McHale

"For example, with Entervise, IPS's software application that leverages ingredient technology from PARC, the HC1 enables hands-free access to remote experts, customized content, and dynamic simulation and training applications using its virtual 15-inch display combined with natural language processing and advanced acoustics. Enabling real-time connectivity to the cloud, networks, smartphones, and on-board sensor and camera interfaces, the HC1 with Entervise makes augmented reality practical for mobile workers across field service industries."


Motorola HC1 Device Is Google Glass for Business Users
22 October 2012 | eWeek
by Todd R. Weiss

"Like a version of Google Glass for business, a new Motorola headset-mounted, wearable computer aimed at making it easier for remote field workers to do their jobs in precarious locations will be offered for sale in the first half of 2013, bringing a true hands-free computing option to enterprise workers."


Motorola HC1: Google Goggles for the enterprise
The head-mounted computer is aimed at enterprises
22 October 2012 | ComputerWorld
by Nick Barber

"Motorola Solutions has unveiled a head-mounted, voice-controlled computer that's targeted at the military and other industries where workers need hands-free access to information. Called the HC1, the device runs on an ARM processor and has an optional camera to send back real-time video over a wireless network."


Video -- The HC1: Motorola Solutions' take on Google Goggles
22 October 2012 | Network World
by Nick Barber

"Motorola Solutions unveiled a head mounted voice controlled computer that aims to help the military and other industries where workers needs hands free access to information."


Video -- Motorola Solutions Outs HC1 Head-mounted Computer, Keeps Workers' Hands Free in Sticky Situations
22 October 2012 | Engadget
by Jon Fingas

"Motorola Solutions' attention is on giving construction workers, field technicians and soldiers an always-up computer that keeps their hands free when it would be too dangerous (or just unwieldy) to grab a handheld."


Healthcare's Often Missing Element - The Human Element
2 August 2012 | Forbes
by Dan Munro

"In an effort to help providers to maximize the value of an EHR, Xerox turned to researchers at the venerable PARC (a company that Xerox spun-off about 10 years ago) as a way to explore the landscape of innovation around EHRs...

These large scale connections (Xerox, ACS, Allscripts) combined with the innovation engines of companies like PARC and The Breakaway Group represent an exciting development. It’s where innovation – including the human element – meets scale – in healthcare. PARC’s influence is still relatively early – and most clearly represents the opportunity around that human element. [PARC CEO] Steve Hoover summarized it best..."


Thinfilm Pairs Up With Packaging Giant Bemis To Create Labels That Know Things
10 July 2012 | Forbes
by Connie Guglielmo

"Thinfilm Electronics moved a step closer to making the 'Internet of Things' a reality, announcing a deal with U.S. packaging giant Bemis Co. today to create a printed electronics system for consumer product, healthcare and food companies who want to tag, track and collect information wirelessly about the products they ship.

What does that mean exactly? Thinfilm has been working on low-cost sensor tags containing rewritable memory that can be placed on anything...and that can collect a bevy of information.

...Thinfilm, which paired up with Xerox’s PARC R&D spin off to help develop its printed electronics technology, has already been working on creating 'inexpensive, integrated time-temperature sensors for use in monitoring perishable goods and pharmaceuticals'. The deal with Bemis builds on that work to create a 'customizable sensor platform' that Bemis can adapt for its customers. Thinfilm and Bemis said they plan to make the Bemis Intelligent Packaging Platform available next year."


Nearpoints: ...Amazing Wireless Badge
An innovative (to say the least) new product from Motorola Solutions reminds me of why it’s a privilege to work in the wireless and mobile field. And, oh yeah, they’ll sell a zillion of these.
25 June 2012 | Network World
by Craig Mathias

"In many ways, the SB1 [smart badge] is the natural evolution of we used to call a Tab Computer perhaps 15 years ago. A number of these appeared in prototype form, from Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and others, and one can argue that many of the concepts pioneered in these early small-screen information appliances have in fact appeared in handsets and related devices today - via, of course, the personal organizer/PDA era."


PARC showcases business models, not products, at 10 year anniversary
29 April 2012 | Ars Technica
by Nathan Mattise

"The message of the day was clear with the first words to greet guests at the registration table (via both conference workers and a commemorative bookmark). 'Just wanted to let you know, "Xerox PARC" is so 10 years ago. Today, we're "PARC, a Xerox company".' 

PARC's Power of 10 is a year-long series of events, including public-friendly guest presentations and this half-day conference, to commemorate the company's first ten years of independent operation. In 2002 Xerox incorporated PARC as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary, shifting the R&D pioneers toward an open innovation business model that took center stage on Thursday.

...Chesbrough's point was best emphasized after his presentation. The rest of the afternoon featured panels with representatives from a few PARC-collaborators. They all shared their projects, but the most eye-catching were Nicole Tricoukes, Senior Maverick at Motorola Solutions, and Davor Sutija, CEO of Thin Film." 


Data 2.0 Summit Explores the Big Data, Social Data, and Open Data Revolution
...speakers from over 80 companies discuss why cloud data is the next $100 billion dollar industry.
2 April 2012 | release
by Data 2.0 Summit

"Highlighting the Data 2.0 Summit are speakers including: Jim Fowler, Co-Founder of Jigsaw.com (now Data.com); Bram Cohen, founder of BitTorrent; Gil Elbaz, founder and CEO of Factual; as well as executives from PARC (a Xerox Company), 10gen, Hadoop, DataStax, Intuit, Dun & Bradstreet, RapLeaf, GNIP, Mashery, RadiumOne, Kaggle, Cloudera, MTV Networks, Experian, Bizo, BlueKai, and Walmart Labs."


Digitized Decision Making and the Hidden Second Economy
Techonomy [invited/ guest contributed]
10 November 2011 | Forbes
by Stephen Hoover

"There’s something big happening right now. I’m not referring to any of the popular technology memes per se—big data, social, cloud, mobile, augmented reality, context, post-PC devices, consumerization, 3-D printing, etc. I’m referring to something behind, and beyond, all of these technologies: the digitization of decision making. This increasing trend is creating a 'second economy' underneath and alongside the physical economy we know so well, and on a revolutionary scale…

[PARC visiting researcher and Santa Fe Institute external professor W. Brian] Arthur argues that this second economy, which author Nick Carr in turn dubs the age of 'deep automation,' may represent the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution, and lead to increases in productivity output as well as decreases in physical jobs.

...Since joining PARC, a Xerox company approaching its 10-year anniversary as a business for open innovation with multiple clients, I have been focused on the following question: just what will happen to invention and innovation in this second economy? More specifically, what will be the role of R&D and innovation organizations in a new global innovation landscape?"


Meshin for Android tackles communication chaos
2 November 2011 | GigaOM
by Kevin C. Tofel

"Meshin, a Xerox-funded incubator project at PARC, updated its beta Android application that hopes to 'bring order to communication chaos.'

...there’s a number of companies working on this problem. However, I’m surprised that these applications aren’t getting adopted by the mass market: More people are buying smartphones, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that these same people are or will be inundated by notifications and messages.

Am I the only one with 'communication chaos' or do I just have too many digital contacts across my work and personal worlds? Regardless, I’m keeping an eye on this space."


NFC Technology Drives Thinner, Cheaper Circuits
24 October 2011 | Mobiledia.com
by Kendra Srivastava

"Cheaper, two-way circuits may change the way objects and phones carry and transmit information, but their success depends on NFC's wider adoption in the mobile payment marketplace.

The Addressable Memory transistors by Thinfilm and PARC are printed on thin plastic and cost a fraction of their silicon equivalents, RFID tags. They can also both send and receive data from smartphones, unlike the passive product labels available on today's market.

The chips are set to be unveiled in 2012, with plans to have them wirelessly broadcast information about products by 2013."


Smart objects may talk, but will we listen?
27 September 2011 | GigaOM
by Barb Darrow

"The drive to web-enable all manner of non-computery things...means that people can be reminded to do something... This 'Internet of Things' is already here… But the design of the notifications — in addition to that of the devices themselves — has to be considered very carefully from the start, according to speakers at Mobilize 2011 on Tuesday.

'There will be a proliferation of smart objects, just like there is a proliferation of apps in the app store,' said Bo Begole, principal scientist at PARC, which does a lot of work in this area. Some of these apps will deal with important healthcare matters and some with less urgent consumer-oriented tasks. That means that the alerts and alarms have to scale accordingly to avoid potentially perilous alarm fatigue. 'We have to unify the feeds into one channel and then prioritize them,' Begole said."


Is Ubicomp at a Tipping Point?
Expert Insight
23 August 2011 | Intelligence in Software
by Tim Kridel

"PARC coined the term 'ubiquitous computing' in 1988, but it took the next two decades for the PARC researchers’ vision to start becoming a part of the workplace and the rest of everyday life. As manager of PARC’s Ubiquitous Computing Area, Bo Begole  is shepherding ubicomp into the mainstream with some help from a variety of other trends -- particularly the growth in cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, smartphone adoption and cloud computing.

Begole recently discussed what enterprises need to consider when deciding where and how to implement ubicomp, both internally and as a way to better serve their customers. One recommendation: People need to feel that they’re always in control."


Reinventing Innovation at PARC
28 July 2011 | Harvard Business Review HBR Blog Network
by Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer

"A few weeks back, we saw firsthand a hotbed of innovation in a place that many observers had long ago given up on. Its resurrection convinces us that other organizations can do the same by creating a culture of consideration, coordination, and communication, and marrying that culture to a responsive business model. That resurgent hotbed is PARC (formerly Xerox PARC)…

Over the past several years, PARC — spun off as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002 — has reinvented itself as a font of innovation for Xerox and a variety of other organizations worldwide. It has delivered a stunning array of software and hardware innovations to global corporations, startups, and the U.S. government, and it does a brisk business in IP licensing.

How is it that this place, widely ridiculed 20 years ago, has revived? When we visited, we not only saw pieces of PARC's storied past, but we saw what happens there today, how it happens, and how innovation continues to thrive."


Tech leaders ponder future of mobile
The pace of innovation and change in mobile devices is so dizzying it is difficult to predict the winning platforms and products of the next few years.
21 July 2011 | PhysOrg
by Chris Lefkow

"With that caveat, a panel of technology executives and experts nevertheless took out their crystal balls on Wednesday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in this Colorado resort to take a glimpse into the mobile future.

Before an audience of movers and shakers from Silicon Valley and elsewhere, they looked at trends among smartphones and the fast-growing market for tablet computers pioneered by Apple's iPad.

...Stephen Hoover...said next-generation mobile capability will involve the seamless 'integration of the physical and digital worlds.' Mobile devices will be able to provide 'the information that's most relevant to me now, physically where I am, and in the context of what I'm trying to do,' Hoover said. 'We're at the cusp of really being able to integrate all of these different sources of data and understand people's intention in context and give them the information that's useful at the time they need it,' he said."


Context Awareness, Contextual Intelligence, and Information Overload
IDC Link: Real-time IDC Research opinion on industry news, trends, and events (subscription required)
8 June 2011 | IDC
by Susan Feldman

"As great a step forward as today's context aware systems are, though, they still depend on a limited set of clues about who you are and what you want. The next step will be to tie additional clues from the physical world to the online clues, and to put some intelligence behind interpreting the purpose of your information gathering, and to then predict what information you will need and what your next steps might be in using it. This may sound like either a step toward Big Brother or an impossible dream. In fact, some of these systems already exist. Ubiquitous Computing for Business, a new book by Bo Begole, Principal Scientist at PARC, delineates the possible sources for contextual intelligence that these systems might use…"


A tour around “first church of technology” PARC [videos]
(the innovative lab that started a ton in tech)
17 May 2011 | Scobleizer
by Robert Scoble

"While there I met with several people to get a taste of what they are working on now. Visiting here is like visiting Jerusalem (home of the first church). It’s where everything seemed to start and is still filled with brilliant people."

PART ONE: Future of Networking
PART TWO: How Ethnographic research leads to new business ideas
PART THREE: Ubiquitous Computing research
PART FOUR: Keeping our Cloud Computing Safe


Why Software is More Important Than Sensors in the Internet of Things
9 November 2010 | ReadWriteWeb
by Richard MacManus

"As the Internet of Things slowly becomes a commercial reality, led by industries such as food and logistics, the underlying technologies (RFID, sensors, QR codes and more) become less important than what is done with the data. As Bo Begole, Principal Scientist and Manager of Ubiquitous Computing at PARC, put it to me recently: 'the algorithms are more interesting now than the sensors.'

Begole's group at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center, a subsidiary of Xerox) puts more emphasis nowadays on technologies such as predictive analytics, context engines and 'Behavioral Ware'. It's much more about the software, than the sensors."


Magitti: The Future of Location Apps From PARC?
8 November 2010 | ReadWriteWeb
by Richard MacManus

"Begole showed me an app that brings the concept of 'ubicomp' to a commercial reality. Magitti is a next generation location-based mobile app, currently in commercial trials in Japan. It goes further than popular apps like Foursquare and Gowalla. As well as using GPS data to figure out where you are, Magitti computes a user's preferences and context. It then makes recommendations of near-by places to go, based on that personal data. Location has been one of the biggest trends in 2010 and Magitti is one probable future of such apps, so let's check it out...

Magitti is currently in trials in Japan, one of the most advanced Mobile Web nations on earth."


PARC CEO: Past, present, and future [video]
5 November 2010 | SmartPlanet
by Larry Dignan

"SmartPlanet's Larry Dignan talks with Palo Alto Research Center CEO Mark Bernstein about the research lab's rich history, its current business model as a subsidiary of Xerox, and new areas of focus, including clean tech, concentric networking, and contextual information delivery."


Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011
19 October 2010 | MarketWatch

"Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt. A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. As such, these technologies impact the organization's long-term plans, programs and initiatives...The top 10 strategic technologies for 2011 include:

...Context-Aware Computing.

...Ubiquitous Computing. The work of Mark Weiser and other researchers at Xerox's PARC paints a picture of the coming third wave of computing where computers are invisibly embedded into the world."


Continuum computing: I want the right thing, everywhere
500 words into the future
16 October 2010 | ZDNet UK
by Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe

"I'm going to be demanding. Software - or rather tools and experiences - have to work wherever I am, on whatever device I'm using, with the appropriate interface and tools and context for whatever device and input I'm using. It just makes sense...

The idea of things you do over a period of time, on different devices, at your own convenience is something we've been thinking about since the Web got useful in the 90s. Ubiquitous and context-sensitive computing has been a research area for decades; check out the Xerox PARC ideas about pads, tabs and walls for a sense that the technology is finally catching up with some of the vision - but having the hardware isn't enough, until we have the processes and tools and apps and services to deliver it as well.

We recently spent a month at different conferences and promisingly, that was one of the themes of just about all of them..."


Enough with the Keyword Searches: New Outlook Plug-In Uses More "Human" Ways of Reeling In Information
Meshin first to apply semantic technology to search tool that scans email, RSS feeds, social networks
28 September 2010 | Meshin
by press release

"Incubated at PARC, a Xerox company, Meshin is part of Xerox's effort to develop technologies that help businesses gain back productivity that has been lost when trying to manage the overload of information bombarding today's knowledge worker."


Meshin brings semantic smarts to organizing your email
26 September 2010 | VentureBeat
by Dean Takahashi

"...Meshin, a startup that is being incubated inside PARC...uses semantic technology, or artificial intelligence techniques that allow a computer to parse natural language and understand it."


PARC Predicts the Future of Mobile Tech, Circa 1991
In 1991 Xerox PARC shared a vision of the future and 'ubiquitous computing' that resembles today's digital trends dominated by tablet devices and smartphones.
24 September 2010 | PCWorld
by Harry McCracken, Technologizer

"I'm spending the afternoon at PARC -- the Xerox subsidiary formerly known as the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center -- for a fascinating event celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the legendary research organization. Ethernet, laser printers, and much of the concepts and technologies in every modern graphical user interface all emerged from PARC; among the many legendary alums here today are Adele Goldberg, Alan Kay, Bob Metcalfe, and Charles Simonyi. And I just shook the hand of the man sitting next to me -- Alvy Ray Smith, a computer graphics pioneer and former PARC employee who cofounded Pixar.

...[the video] doesn't predict the iPhone-but it's still fascinating and prescient, like much of the work done at PARC over the past four decades."


Inside the labs of PARC
23 September 2010 | SmartPlanet
by Deborah Gage

"Not all of PARC’s projects were hits, though, and over time, making a profit from the lab became more important to Xerox. So in 2002 it spun PARC out as a subsidiary. PARC’s researchers now work with government agencies and private companies in addition to Xerox, whose managers want PARC’s inventions commercialized where possible."


Innovation PARCs here
Palo Alto Research Center that paved way for PCs in the '70s is far from fading, but now looking to solar and other new technologies
22 September 2010 | San Jose Mercury News
by Troy Wolverton

"While acclaimed for inventing the laser printer, the desktop interface for PCs and the idea of 'ubiquitous computing' that paved the way for the PalmPilot and iPad, PARC isn't mired in the past. If anything, PARC, which was spun off from Xerox in 2002, has a broader mission today...

'PARC has not just survived but it's absolutely thriving,' said Paul Saffo, a longtime valley watcher and the managing director of foresight at San Francisco-based Discern Analytics. 'It's a vibrant organization that is still helping reinvent the future. ...An astounding number of the foundational ideas for Silicon Valley came out of PARC,' Saffo said."


PARC turns 40: mice, money, and the new interwebs
A place whose time has come. Again
20 September 2010 | The Register
by Gavin Clarke

"Spend enough time talking to anybody involved with PARC's present or past and at some point, they'll tell you the same thing: contrary to popular thinking, the 'ideation' phase of development is 'easy.' That takes just 20 per cent of your time. Developing that idea into a successful or desirable technology or business is the sweaty part."


How Context-Aware Computing Will Make Gadgets Smarter
Gadget Lab
15 September 2010 | Wired
by Priya Ganapati

"Context-aware computing is different from the simple sensor-based applications seen on smartphones today...

Researchers have been working for more than two decades on making computers be more in tune with their users. That means computers would sense and react to the environment around them. Done right, such devices would be so in sync with their owners that the former will feel like a natural extension of the latter.

'The most profound technology are those that disappear,' Mark Weiser, chief scientist at PARC and father of the term 'ubiquitous computing' told in 1991 about context awareness in machines. 'They are those that weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life.'"


Future of Context-Aware Computing
15 September 2010 | PCMag.com
by Matthew Murray

"In his keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum here this morning, Intel vice president and chief technology officer Justin Rattner focused on "context-aware computing," in which devices anticipate your needs and desires and help fulfill them—before you even ask...

Context-aware computing was first described back in 1991 at PARC, and Principal Scientist and Manager of the Ubiquitous Computing Area Bo Begole joined Rattner onstage to discuss the theory and history of the movement. They admitted there hasn't been much commercial success for context-aware computing yet, but that they believed 2010 was the beginning of the mainstream adoption of the idea."


PARC Releases New Semantic Technology (in Form of an Outlook Plugin)
6 September 2010 | ReadWriteWeb
by Sarah Perez

"At first glance, [Outlook plugin] Meshin looks like the ugly stepsister to a similar Outlook tool called Xobni, as it also loads into an email sidebar window, displaying sections dedicated to recent conversations and a summary of attachments shared back and forth via email, among other things. But what makes Meshin different is the engine powering it underneath: a semantic technology that uses 'natural language processing' to understand entities, how they connect and what they mean.

...Meshin arose from a Xerox-funded project inside PARC whose goal is to commercialize older PARC IP for a broader audience. The project has been in development for only a year, with a small core team and support from PARC researchers. The long-term goal for Meshin is to extend itself beyond Outlook, in order to connect other types of information streams together."


Make Your Outlook Inbox Smarter with Meshin [INVITES]
30 August 2010 | Mashable
by Christina Warren

"Quick Pitch: Meshin is an Outlook sidebar that organizes information contextually so that you can work faster and smarter.

Genius Idea: Using semantic technology and natural language processing, Meshin can take information from your inbox and connect it with related information on the web and conversations on social networks.

Meshin is a Xerox-funded project incubated at PARC, where the Meshin team has worked on developing semantic technologies to create what they call 'context-aware information services'. In other words, this is technology that can go beyond keyword matching and create actual meaning."


Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web
24 August 2010
by Erica Naone

"Experts agree that sentiment-analysis tools are becoming increasingly significant as companies try to stay on top of the discussions happening across the Web...Ed Chi, [an area manager at PARC]...believes that eventually companies will need to track sentiment as part of a comprehensive public-relations effort. Future platforms could classify topics being discussed, suggest possible responses, and analyze a company's message to determine how likely it is to go viral. 'Sentiment analysis will be a component of a much larger dashboard,' Chi says."


PARC's Teresa Lunt: 'Figuring out what is valuable for you to know right now'
26 May 2010 | Knowledge@Wharton

Teresa Lunt, who directs the computing science laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center, is involved in a wide range of activities, including ubiquitous computing, security and privacy, and ethnography for organizational environments and technology design.

During a talk with Knowledge@Wharton at the recent Future of Publishing Conference in New York, she discussed a few of her current projects -- such as research into workplace efficiencies, a study on mobile advertising and the creation of a rich media information service for a customer in Japan.


Will Twitter's Ad Strategy Work?
Twitter will have to overcome several challenges for the scheme to be successful.
15 April 2010 | Technology Review
by Erica Naone

"Michael Bernstein, a researcher at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, has been developing algorithms for automatically identifying the subject of tweets in conjunction with researchers from PARC, including senior research scientist Ed Chi. The good news, Bernstein says, is that a lot of the interaction on Twitter happens around trending topics (the most popular subjects of conversation at a given moment). Bernstein thinks Twitter could easily insert ads into these conversation streams, much as advertisers already target the audience of a particular show on television."


Apple iPad Was Conceived Nearly 40 Years Ago
The general design and specs for Apple's magical tablet were first outlined as the 'Dynabook' -- 38 years ago
6 April 2010 | PCWorld
by Preston Gralla

"...found a research paper...Kay described a portable, tablet PC with high resolution, a secure payment system, global information connectivity, the ability to play games, big storage capacity, and other specs that match the iPad. Amazingly enough, Kay wrote the paper in 1972, when even personal computers essentially didn't exist, must less portable ones with global connectivity. He even got the price right."


Mobile recommendation service now in field trials in Tokyo
25 March 2010 | Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), who collaborated with PARC just 3 years ago to extend its existing publishing business with the creation of new digital media technology platform, is now running a limited user trial of the resulting mobile recommender system. They are conducting the trials in the Ginza and Yurakucho districts of Tokyo through a downloadable iPhone application called "Machireco" (literally, "city" + "recommendation"), which provides recommendations based on location, history, user likes/dislikes, time of day, and other contextual information. DNP plans to monetize the service by offering it for all smart phones later this year.

view screenshots and/or download iTunes (Japan) app here


PopSci's Future Of: PARC
10 December 2009 | Popular Science/ Discovery.com
by Baratunde Thurston

Hosted by author/pundit/comedian and The Onion editor Baratunde Thurston, each PopSci: Future Of episode examines, through in-depth interviews with maverick scientists and hands-on experience with breakthrough research and extraordinary prototypes, how important aspects of human life will fundamentally change or evolve within our lifetimes.

While the PARC technology featured in this episode highlights adding efficiency to dressing rooms and decision-making when shopping, the mirror prototype demonstrates the potential for computer vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds to enable user control, infer preferences, make recommendations, and more.


What Your Phone Might Do for You Two Years From Now
4 November 2009 | The New York Times
by Bob Tedeschi

But James Begole, a principal scientist at PARC, the research lab based in Palo Alto...said screens, at least, would be fundamentally different.


PARC’s software, called Magitti, is in its testing phase in Japan, and could reach the American market in the spring of next year.


PARC overflowing with new ideas
9 October 2009 | BBC News
by Ian Hardy

"Bo Begole, manager of the ubiquitous computing area in PARC, is working on a project that allows computers to recognize our presence immediately and react accordingly - one application of the technology could be in a changing room in a clothing shop...In another part of the building, PARC researchers are working on a centrifugal water filtration system that separates molecules without using membrane barriers and - at the same time - saves energy, vast amounts of equipment and space. Meng Lean, principal scientist at PARC, says: 'One possible use for the equipment in the future is seawater purification, which many see as vital as the world gets warmer.'"


Tech meccas: The 12 holy sites of IT
The fathers of invention
3 August 2009 | InfoWorld
by Dan Tynan

Tech mecca No. 6: Xerox PARC -- Palo Alto, Calif.

"Besides being the geek equivalent of Jerusalem, Mecca, and the mythical city of El Dorado rolled into one, PARC is also an independent research business, having spun off from Xerox in 2002. It now delves into such arcana as context-aware computing, human-machine interfaces, and biomedical systems, to name but a few. In other words, don't even think about trying to get in without a VIP pass, though a regular Thursday lecture series is open to the public."


NEC Reinforces Human Interface Research and Development
Developing easy-to-use HI and reducing costs in cooperation with global research organizations
29 July 2009 | NEC

NEC announced a partnership with PARC and Carnegie Mellon at the 2009 HCI International Conference: "This collaboration with leading human interface research centers provides additional support for NEC's existing HI development designs, and incorporates 'usability modeling' as an important new tool for efficient, low-cost development of easy-to-use HI for a wide variety of products."


PARC's Responsive Mirror = Every Girl's Shopping Fantasy Come True
30 June 2009 | Boing Boing
by Lisa Katayama

By streaming video taken by the camera through their spatially oriented machine learning software, PARC researchers have figured out how to give people like me a real-time interactive comparison shopping experience... The technology hasn't hit retailers yet, but PARC researchers are hoping to implement it in dressing rooms soon.


Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
22 June 2009 | Technology Review
by Kristina Grifantini

Kurt Partridge, a researcher at PARC, who has also created cell-phone software that tracks behavior, believes that the SoundSense project exploits an underused resource. "I don't think the field has really realized both how little power audio-based activity-sensing takes, and how informative it can be," Partridge says. "Audio can distinguish so many more activities [and] adds a social aspect to contextual sensing that's not possible otherwise."


Your Morning Commute is Unique: On the Anonymity of Home/Work Location Pairs
13 May 2009 | 33 Bits of Entropy
by Arvind Narayanan

"Philippe Golle and Kurt Partridge of PARC have a cute paper on the anonymity of geo-location data. They analyze data from the U.S. Census and show that for the average person, knowing their approximate home and work locations — to a block level — identifies them uniquely...The paper is timely, because Location Based Services  are proliferating rapidly."


Photos: Inside the Palo Alto Research Center
10 February 2009 | CNET News [slideshow]
by James Martin

"In 1970, Xerox Corporation founded the PARC with the charter to create information architecture...recently showed CNET News around the now-independent facility where laser printing and Ethernet networking -- among many other innovations -- got their start. Come along on our tour."


Making the case for content-centric networking
15 January 2009 | ACM Queue
by Craig Partridge

"Now a Research Fellow at PARC, [Van] Jacobson continues to do groundbreaking work. His latest work on content-centric networking took the networking community by storm..."


Bringing Sports Psychology to the Realm of Video Games
26 August 2008 | Kotaku
by Owen Good

"'The gamer generation tends to be less risk averse and more willing to try things, even in the face of overfailure,' said Nicholas Yee, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center, whose Daedalus Project studies behavior in MMORPG players. 'It's not the main focus of the field, yet, but there is a little data we can extrapolate from it.'"


Dressing Rooms of the Future
22 July 2008 | Forbes
by Jeanine Poggi

"...'bricks and mortars have not done much to make shoppers want to spend more time in their stores,' says Bo Begole, principle scientist at PARC, a firm specializing in innovation and scientific research for technology companies. One solution might be installing a responsive mirror in retailer's dressing rooms...which allows shoppers to simultaneously see pictures of themselves in all the items they try on..."


Company sets focus on 'information overload'
21 July 2008 | abc7news
by Richard Hart

"'Everybody's being bombarded with more information than they can digest' says Teresa Lunt. As Director of the Computer Science Lab at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Lunt is leading a project to create a new kind of network for information. A network that provides it only when and where you need to know it -- context-based services."


The Future of Mobile Social Networking
Whrrl combines activity recommendations with real-time location data.
2 June 2008 | Technology Review
by Kate Greene

"'I think we're going to see a lot of new players showing up in this space,' says Kurt Partridge, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center who works on a similar project called Magitti. 'Part of the reason,' he says, 'is the universal availability of GPS or access to location, which hasn't been available to application writers before.'"


DNP Conducts Field Trials aiming to Commercialize Consumer Information Distribution Service “Magitti”
25 April 2008 | DNP

Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has been collaborating since 2005 with PARC to develop a system for distributing information tailor-made to match specific consumer conditions, and to promote the use of “local area” information via mobile terminals. By using this system, consumers can obtain timely information that matches their present conditions—with no need to initiate a mobile-based search.


Computers for the people
22 April 2008 | CNET News.com One More Thing blog
by Tom Krazit

"Designing a user interface for a mobile computer isn't hard; all you have to do is think like a person. Sounds simple, but it's taken a long time for that realization to set in, said Stu Card, manager of the user interface group at PARC. 'Mobile computing is much more intimately tied to a user's life. You need to design simultaneously...'"


Is Your Firm Ready for a New Wave of Interactive Technology?
We are fast approaching an era where technology will be able to provide consumers with instant information based on what they are doing and what they want.
2 April 2008 | Worth Reading: The Quick Take from Kiplinger, Kiplinger.com

"In a white paper entitled 'Creating New Business Opportunities Through Ubiquitous Computing,' PARC runs down and addresses the various social and technological barriers to harnessing the powers of ubiquitous computing, the security concerns, and the various commercial 'sweet spots' that will provide new opportunities to different business sectors."


'Smart' Fitting Room Suggests What to Wear
23 January 2008 | Discovery Channel/ Discovery News
by Tracy Staedter

"..a dressing room equipped with cameras and interactive displays could lead to intelligent fitting rooms that connect shoppers to a social fashion network... 'The system improves [a shopper's]...shopping experience,' said Wei Zhang. Zhang developed the system with Takashi Matsumoto of Keio University and Juan Liu, Maurice Chu and Bo Begole of PARC."


The Year in Hardware
The Past 12 Months Have Featured Touch Screens, Context-Aware Gadgets, Autonomous Vehicles and Brain-Computer Interfaces
26 December 2007 | ABC News
by Kate Greene

"...a number of products and research projects tried to make phones and other gadgets even smarter. ...Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center have developed an application for a phone that suggests things that the user might want to do, places to eat and shop, and things to see, based on location, time of day, past preferences, and even text-message conversations."


New PARC software turns a cell phone into a personal assistant
Can recommend local restaurants, concerts or where to buy the latest Xbox
21 November 2007 | Computerworld
by Sharon Gaudin

"'We're trying to make [the cell phone] more like a human,' said Victoria Bellotti, a principal scientist at PARC. 'Instead of just directing stuff at you, it tries to make inferences about what kind of activity you're engaged in...' PARC is researching and developing the software on behalf of a Japanese company, Dai Nippon Printing Co."


Smart Phone Suggests Things to Do
New software uses artificial intelligence to infer your behavior and serve up appropriate lists of restaurants, stores, and events.
12 November 2007 | Technology Review
by Kate Greene

"...today's handheld [mobile phone] is a mini personal computer, complete with multimedia players, maps, and Web browsers. Now researchers at PARC want to push the phone farther. They have developed software that turns a phone into a thoughtful personal assistant, one that helps people find fun things to do. The software, called Magitti, uses a combination of cues...to infer interests."


From PARC, the mobile phone as tour guide
28 September 2007 | CNET News.com
by Elinor Mills

"...PARC has developed a mobile application that offers up information that would be useful to a wanderer ...The more you interact with it— showing preference for things and rating them— the more it learns about your personal tastes, and its suggestions reflect that. It uses collaborative filtering to recommend things that others with similar tastes..."


DNP, PARC Jointly Develop Recommender System for Mobile Terminals
26 September 2007 | DNP

Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP) in conjunction with PARC has developed a context- and activity-aware system that recommends information about “local area” activities, such as shopping and dining, matching the consumer’s location, time of day and personal tastes.