Re: Stand-Ins, was Re: Kurzweil's new Singularity/AI page

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Sun Feb 25 2001 - 05:33:36 MST

On Sat, Feb 24, 2001 at 03:55:42PM -0800, Michael M. Butler wrote:
> wrote:
> >
> > >From Nanodot, I learned that Raymond Kurzweil has a fancy new web page
> > at It is full of Flashy graphics, and if
> > you have a modern Windows box you can download software to animate an
> > attractive AI avatar, Ramona, who will answer questions for you while
> > throwing in a flirtatious wink or toss of her head.
> Note that you have to be running IE to download the code and see the
> animation--Netscape or Opera won't work.
However, if you're running Linux and KDE 2.1, the Konqueror web browser
(with Netscape/Flash plugin) works great -- except for Ramona.

I wouldn't recommend this site to a visually handicapped reader, let's
put it that way. It's also a pain in the arse if you want to download it
to a palmpilot and read offline. And it's laid out in such a way that
it's difficult to read online (san-serif typefaces? small print? white on
blue? Eeeeuww!).

-- Charlie

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