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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                HOT AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY July 2001 14 pages in 2 sections 4 pages m 4 scctu HERALDZETTUNG 209 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Officials rally to back petition JESSIE Residents and local public officials sign a petition supporting an amendment to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation which would allow the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to take more water out of Canyon BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Public officials gathered in Bulverde to say water is more important to people than nonnative The officials wore blue rib bons at a rally Friday to show support for the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys permit request to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to draw more water out of Canyon The request has been the center of controversy for some Canyon Lake the Comal Independent School District and a group of trout fisherman from Travis The hosted by intended to show the public how badly water from the lake is needed to quench the thirst of an evergrowing Hill Country The Guadalupe River Trout an organi zation which advocates stock Thinking machines Local company bringing ideas from science fiction to life BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer I therefore I Rene Descarte postulat ed this statement to sum up the complexities of human thought and exis During that humans could only dream of creating something that could mirror human intel ligence and ponder its own Only in the realms of sci ence fiction can one find such created from wires and endowed by their creators with But in the real most people will settle for machines that can choose lottery assemble other machines or provide faster Internet Klaus presi dent of Instruments Tech nology under stands this Weiswurms located in uses robotic technology to make other machines that could qualify as having artifi cial they make deci sions is the part in cor is the right part in If its not if it fails you cant con Weiswurm Thats when the red light comes on and a per son comes out to replace he Weiswurm said certain computer programs could also be considered artifi cial intelligence One program that engi neers at the company use to design called a solid works can qualify under the It can be if the com puter is good enough and the program is good JESSIE Klaus president of Technology located in uses robotic technology to make other machines that could qualify as having artificial he But the program cannot run itself and still needs a human brain operating the computer Artificial intelligence is a term coined in the 1950s by a group of scientists to describe their research into computer It is also the title to Steven Spielbergs latest foray into cinematic The movie is about the first or pro grammed to Spielberg collaborated on the film with the late Stanley who had been working on the screenplay for more than 20 The film explores the defi nition of the poten tial problems with a society dependent on technology and what it really means to be At Weiswurms engineers focus more on potential problems that arise when their machines leave the workshop and get put to work at someone elses com We have to outguess Mur You cannot make a machine to do what a human hand The human tactile ability is so its difficult to get that feedback from Klaus Weiswurm phy of Murphys Law overcome anything he can throw at he Weiswurm views robots and other machinery from a practical point of He said machines are more capable of performing repet itive tasks more consistently and actually give their human operators more time to perform many other Weiswurm how there are some jobs a human is more suited You cannot make a machine to do what a human hand The human tac tile ability is so its dif ficult to get that feedback from he Weiswurm also admitted NASA has made strides into bridging the gap between robotic technology and human but added the relationship is more a collaborative effort than indi vidual machine or human Humans provide the machines provide the he Weiswurm said he believes machines are a long way off from totally replacing I dont see the Every thing from airplanes to zip pers is designed by engi I dont think machines can design and control them Machines just take the manual process he Weiswurm added humans will always have an edge over any mechanized coun terpart because there are no elastic limits on the he people should not get too wrapped up in Automation is good and right if you dont over com plicate it just to over compli cate he NBU budget keeps pace with changes BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Keeping up with changing times is the main focus of New Braunfels Utilities 2002 financial officer Cheryl Casteel told three members of the NBU Board of Trustees Changing legislation affects all three of the utilitys departments sew er and she the operating plan for 2002 shows increases in water but the electric rates might decrease because of lower rates from the Lower Colorado River Electric Department Senate Bill 7 allows com petition for the first time in as a municipal ly owned can decide when to offer electric under Senate Bill Although NBU will not offer electric officials say they plan to continue to improve the utilitys with increasing competitive rates and supe rior customer As Texas moves more toward deregulation and our plan is to continue offering outstand ing Casteel Electric rates are and NBU will do a costof service study to see where to See INSIDE Key Code 76 ing the Guadalupe River with rainbow has been granted a contested case hearing from the TNRCC to determine the impact GBRAs request will have on their GBRA has asked the TNR CC to increase the amount of water it currently takes from the lake from acrefeet annually to The water purvey or wants to build a pipeline to send water from the lake to communities in western Kendall and Blanco An acrefoot equals enough to supply a family of five with water for a Bulverde Mayor Bob Bar ton thanked the small crowed gathered inside the Bulverde Senior Center for showing concern for his citys water This pipeline is desper ately Barton See Toddler drowns in swimming pool CANYON LAKE A 2 yearold Canyon Lake girl drowned in an accident in her familys swimming pool Thursday Canyon Lake Mark Montgomery said were called to a home off Dam Access Road a little after 6 Thursday to help the They arrived to find she had fallen into an above ground Montgomery said he did not know how long the child had been in the Her father tried cardiopul monary and paramedics tried all avail able lifesaving The girl was flown to Uni versity where she was pronounced dead on Montgomery Track owner offered to help neighbors BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SEGUIN River City Raceway general manager Todd Zampese Friday said drag racing and his race track are his life and mean the world to He also described a much different picture of the facili ty and its impact on the neighborhood than that shared by the neighbors who are suing seeking to close the track down in testi mony Zampese and River City Raceway are being sued by neighbors who want the mile facility either shut down or its operation modified to reduce the If jurors agree that the track is a visiting 25th Judicial District Judge Don Morgan of Austin will decide what to do about He could order additional measures to mitigate or reduce close it down or choose to do Thursday and Zam pese described measures he offered to take to help the such as installing storm windows to reduce sound transmission and installing He said he was rebuffed by neighbors who wouldnt be happy unless his facility was closed But there were plenty of other measures he had promised to take when designing the track that he plaintiffs attorney Jeff Nunley Those included earthen berms to reduce or deflect We changed the basic plan because we thought it would be better for sound attenua Zampese See SO Computer glitch blamed for jail list error BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County Sheriffs Office official Friday blamed a computer glitch for a 53 yearold local businessmans name not appearing on a public list of persons booked into the Sharon head records clerk for the Comal County Sheriffs spent much of Friday afternoon try ing to determine why the mans name was not released to the public with those of nine other people arrested Late she said the software TSG of discovered a previ ously unknown software problem that deleted the mans information from the public view list even though he had been correctly booked into the TSG said it was an unavoidable and unde tectable computer Jerome Its This is the first time its come to our When New Braunfels police arrested the 53year old local businessman on a public lewdness allegation they brought him into Comal County Jail along with another man and issued a news as has been done in similar Both men the other is a 30yearold Louisiana man who worksxin New Braunfels spent a few hours at the Later in the a local bail bonding company secured their release for Both men and another charged with indecent expo sure on Wednesday appeared on the sheriffs offices inter nal arrest and release lists See   

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