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4.17.1 Software agents

A software agent is a program that displays a certain minimum level of autonomy – it acts as a surrogate for a human user. An agent does something for the user automatically, when given instructions. The more sophisticated the agent is, the fewer instructions it needs, and the more capable it is of making decisions on its own – the more ‘agent-like’ it is. An agent can be run on a client (the user's machine) or on a server (for example, a web server). It can also be anchored (stationa
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • appreciate different connotations and traditions of the terms ‘nature’ and ‘environment’ in the context of environmental responsibility

  • use conversation as a core metaphor for describing ‘what matters’ in environmental responsibility

  • identify and compare formal and less formal expressions of environmental responsibility.


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StereoCAD: Three Dimensional Representation
Concepts of stereoscopic vision have been around for more than two thousand years. Despite this long history, its application to the field to architecture and design seems relatively unexplored. Synthesis of two technologies, the stereoscope and the computer, was the focus of the present study. The goal of the research was to determine if computer-generated stereoscopic pairs hold value for architectural design. Using readily available computer technology (Apple Macintosh) the research team mode
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3.7.2 Try some yourself

1 Without using your calculator, find the following:

  • (a) 100.001 + 10.1

  • (b) 100.001 − 10.1

Answer
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3 The purpose of writing

Let's take a step back and think about why you are writing assignments. As with most tasks, if you have an understanding of why you are doing something and how it fits into the bigger picture, it is easier to define what is required of you and therefore to do a good job.

So, what do you see as the reasons for writing assignments? Here are some suggestions:

  • to meet the assessment requirements of my course;

  • to demonstrate my understa
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Literary Festival 2016: Re-Writing History [Audio]
Speaker(s): Tom Holland, Margaret MacMillan | This discussion explores the ways in which history has been re-written to serve the purposes of political leaders or regimes, from Ancient Greece to Communist Russia. Tom Holland (@holland_tom) is the award-winning and bestselling author of Rubicon, Persian Fire, Millennium, In the Shadow of the Sword and most recentlyDynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar. Margaret MacMillan is the Warden of St Antony’s College and a Professor of Inter
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9.2 Lennox Castle Hospital

This unit looks at the history of institutions in the twentieth century, starting with a case study of Lennox Castle Hospital. It tries to make sense of the history of Lennox Castle, and of institutional life in general, through testimony of those who experienced institutions as inmates and as nurses, as well as through Erving Goffman's model of the ‘total institution’. It examines the social bases of segregation, the professionalisation of staff in asylums and institutions, and campaigns
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Academic research on student engagement - lost formulae to inspiring students
This paper shows academic tutors take on a multitude of roles in their current positions at university and while teaching is expected, from most, it is often assumed that the tutor will apply appropriate pedagogical tools to convey knowledge to the students. This view is now being challenged as many students are being actively encouraged to voice their views of the teaching and learning experience this paper shows
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Why Capitalists Are Repeatedly "Fooled" By Business Cycles

According to the Austrian business cycle theory (ABCT) the artificial lowering of interest rates by the central bank leads to a misallocation of resources because businesses undertake various capital projects that — prior to the lowering of interest rates —weren’t considered as viable. This misallocation of resources is commonly described as an economic boom.

As a rule, businessmen discover their error once the central bank — which was instrumental in the artific
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6.7 Cost-benefit analysis

  • 17. Does the case clearly and unequivocally demonstrate that benefits outweigh costs?

In some contexts ‘cost-benefit analysis’ implies some specific formal method of assessing costs in relation to expected benefits. For example, i
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Graduate skills
Graduate Skills is one of the series of Futures workbooks, which help students choose and prepare for their careers. Like the other workbooks in the series you can dip in and out doing the exercises which are most relevant to you. You might want to include the exercises or the output in your personal development plan or e-portfolio. The aim of this workbook is to introduce you to the concept of graduate job skills and enterprise, looking at which career path you decides to follow. It’s not j
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Introduction

This unit is an adapted extract from the course The molecular world (S205)

This unit will provide you with a detailed understanding of some of the important problems and topics that are being studied by the chemists of today, and of the ways in which associated problems might be solved by chemical methods. But to acquire this understanding you m
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UW|360 Season 5: Episode 1 - Caregiver's Challenge
Visit the Asian Counseling and Referral Service center's program that provides activities and social opportunities for elders and their caregivers and is supported by the UW's School of Social Work. 10/26/2014 http://uwtv.org
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Learning Day edX January 2015 Part 1
Professors from GRCC, Davenport, Ferris, GVSU and Cornerstone share their knowledge in this annual Learning Day for GRCC Faculty.
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5.2 From social construction to social constructionism

The notion of social construction, we have argued, is fundamental to a social science approach to the analysis of social problems. However, some authors have developed the notion further into a more focused perspective, which may be called social constructionism. This perspective starts by emphasising one essential feature of human societies – the role of language. In human societies, action is preceded by understanding and intention. We intend our actions to have meaningful outcomes
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La châtaigne, un produit bio ? (Vidéo)

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Le mode de production de la châtaigne est par nature proche de celui de l'agriculture biologique du fait de son entretien léger et de ses pratiques ancestrales. C'est le premier fruit bio cultivé en France en termes de surface avec plus de 1300 ...
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1.2 Actividad

Actividad 1.2

In this activity you are going to use adjectives to describe buildings.

1 Here are some adjectives taken from the text. Translate them into English. Consult the Spanish section of the dictionary if you
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The anatomy of a business deal
Antenna Group operates TV, radio and online businesses and distributes content around the world, offers tips on capturing value ahead of a crisis. Mr Kyriakou discusses how entrepreneurial vision and foresight can both recognise and create opportunity using the NOVA Televizia case study as an example. The NOVA Televizia sale, which was closed on 15 October 2008 for a modest $3m, realised one of the highest ever rate of return on investment in media and confounded falling valuation trends, when
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Dit document begeleidt leerlingen in het schrijven van een verslag over het leven van een inwijkeling. Hoe beleefde hij onder meer zijn schoolcarrière en wat bereikte hij met zijn studies?


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