Bill Gates on Paul Allen

On Oct. 16 Bill Gates wrote: “When I think about Paul, I remember a passionate man who held his family and friends dear. I also remember a brilliant technologist and philanthropist who wanted to accomplish great things, and did.Link

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Ten years of CP Optimizer

Paul Shaw presented a summary of ten years of evolution of CP Optimizer, one of the most powerful constraint programming engines:

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Notes from DecisionCAMP-2018

This year DecisionCAMP was held in Luxembourg Sep 17-19 as a part of the Logic for AI Summit. It became an important event that attracted experts and practitioners in the business decision management from 14 countries. We had 54 official registrations and sometimes even more people were present in the auditorium. The representatives from almost all major BR&DM vendors and many well-known experts attended the event. In these notes I will try to share my view of what was happening during the CAMP. Continue reading

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The Myth of Data-Driven Natural Language Understanding

Walid Saba published a short presentation on the difference between Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and why the data-driven approach, while useful for some NLP tasks, is irrelevant to NLU. Link

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DMN 1.2 has been approved by the OMG Board

Alan Fish, a co-chair of OMG DMN Group, just posted on the LinkedIn: “#DMN 1.2 has now been approved by the OMG Board. Phew. Now on to 1.3…”

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Tim Berners-Lee: Game On!

With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web  Sir Tim Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over. Link Continue reading

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Amazon automates buying and stocking decisions

Machines are beating people at the critical inventory decisions that separate the winners and losers in retail. For the staffers deciding how many books, games or plastic pool toys to peddle, the tradeoff can be stark: Order too little and you miss out. Order too much and you’re forced into costly clearance sales. Amazon’s algorithms, refined through years of monitoring customer behavior, are getting the Seattle-based company out of the guessing game. Read more

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