I have agreed to join in the programme of activities of the Institute for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) as a “Senior Scientist” with specific interests in Artificial Intelligence and remote vehicle operations. See I4IS senior researcher profile page.
The launch of the I4IS was announced in September 2012 and its initial programme of activities and studies is now being planned. Its aims are:
“The Institute for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) will set out to catalyse research and entrepreneurial programs that accelerate our knowledge of science, our application of the technologies, and harmonise our cultures, so that an interstellar capable society can be created this century. Technical credibility, reliability of information and scientific excellence will be essential principles of the Institute.”
An initial trial virtual worlds collaboration facility is being provided at http://openvce.net/i4is by Austin Tate to I4IS for the technical groups during the Institute’s formation period.
This involves an I-Room meeting space for collaboration in the virtual world Second Life (with an option to open a space in an open or closed region in OpenSim). It is designed for brain storming style meetings and as an operations centre. I-Rooms are used in the I-X/I-Room research on intelligent collaborative and task support environments at AIAI, School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh.
I4IS is producing a newsletter called “Principium” to communicate about its work to create what will be the equivalent of Starfleet Academy for the Earth.