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Feb 10, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"An American developer studying in New Zealand is using the open source Python programming language to build an educational voice and vision dialogue system as part of his doctorate thesis.

"John Graves, who ran a multimedia CD business during the dot-com boom and also put in time on Wall Street, is enrolled at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). His doctorate aims to determine how quickly open source software projects can cycle or evolve.

"The software system he is working on will be entered in the Chatterbox Challenge, a contest where one enters dialogue systems - a system where one types something into the system and the computer responds. He gave a talk about the system, called OpenAllureDS, at the education mini-conference during the recent Australian national Linux conference.

"Graves, a developer all his life, had three stints on Wall Street, the most recent ending in February last year when he was made redundant. "I left Wall Street in February and came down to New Zealand because once you're on the internet, New Zealand or New Jersey, it's the same difference. And the attraction of open source for me is, that the world is facing some pretty significant problems which really need to be addressed through knowledge," he says."

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