Interactive Agents and the Web
HTML, Java, and VRML will enable the development of many amazing apps, and
I for one look forward to capitalizing on the possibilities. I envision
using these standard client side protocols to build compelling frontends
to places on the web. These places will provide services which range
from the buying and selling of goods, to *, to chat, and so on.
And I envision these places as being distributed throughout servers all
over the internet in a way that I, in the form of an object consisting
of code and state, can travel transparently between, interacting with
the services and other entities (which includes other users) as I go.
This is a vision whose time has come.
There is a missing piece though, and that is servers everywhere that can
host these places in a way that is more dynamic and active than what is
currently provided by the "traditional" web servers of today. I am a
*space Hacker (like most of you), and have been in search for the
longest for a runtime server environment that will support distributed
virtual realities in a way that is compelling, secure, and of course
ubiquitous. And folks I have found it, and it is Telescript. And as
the lead developer of an effort well under way at General Magic to
support Web protocols including CGI access from the Web to Telescript,
support in Telescript for URI resolution and HTML page generation,
and access from Telescript to the Web, I can honestly say that this
solution for *space services development is hands down the most
appropriate I have ever seen. What we have here is a language for
programming agents and places which present themselves to users
through the use of HTML, Java, and VRML. This is the missing piece,
I am sure of it, and I am sure you will agree if you attend the
Telescript Developers Conference being held on October 29th-31st.
If you and/or other members of your company are interested in learning
more about the Telescript Web Server than check out http://www.veryComputer.com/.
General Magic's Developers Conference includes a discussion of the Telescript
Web Server Tools. In this discussion we will describe how Java, VRML, HTML,
and Telescript are incredibly complimentary and how Telescript can turn a
traditional passive web server into a distributed active web server.
And remember, when you register for the conference be sure and tell them
that Chris Bloom sent you.
Christopher B. Bloom