I usually think of ambience in terms of the delightful surroundings at my favorite restaurant: It's one of the reasons I feel comfortable there. But restaurant ambience and ambient intelligence are two very different things (aren't they?). I may choose to dine at a favorite restaurant because of its fine food and equally attractive environment. Can I count on intelligence being an element of that ambience in the future? Will the intelligent system know what I want to order as soon as I arrive? Do I get to change my mind? Philips Electronics defines ambient intelligence as "The presence…
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