Ron Ross: IT Departments Should be Evacuated

evacuateitRon Ross just published a provocative post “IT Departments Should be Evacuated – Agree/Disagree?” In particular, he writes: “The days of traditional departmental IT staff having unfettered access to the financial assets of the corporate budget will end sooner than you might think. The current way of building business systems is unsustainable. If you think the cloud was something, just wait! I look at agile software development as the death throes of traditional IT. Beyond it there’s nowhere left to go to accelerate except to elevate the level of human interfaces with machines. Economics will demand it.” Agree/Disagree?

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Getting Real About AI in Insurance

aiforinsuranceSapiens gathered five of its leading subject matter experts for a quick Q&A to get real about artificial intelligence (AI) in the insurance industry. A quote: “Question. How insurers can prepare for a more “intelligent” future? Answer: The best way for insurers to prepare is to organize their data and make it accessible. Today’s insurers are coping with mountains of data. They will need to quickly transform this data into business decisions by using advanced analytics tools, and this organized data will be the foundation that machine learning will build upon.”  Read more

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A Short History of Machine Learning

aispringForbes published “A Short History of Machine Learning“. Here is a quote: “We don’t have autonomous androids struggling with existential crises — yet — but we are getting ever closer to what people tend to call ‘Artificial Intelligence’”

“Machine Learning is a sub-set of artificial intelligence where computer algorithms are used to autonomously learn from data and information. In machine learning computers don’t have to be explicitly programmed but can change and improve their algorithms by themselves.Continue reading

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They are not doing “cognitive computing” no matter how many times they say they are

aiwinterDr. Roger Schank published “The Fraudulent Claims Made by IBM About Watson and AI“.  Here are a few quotes: “I invented a field called Case Based Reasoning in the 80’s which was meant to enable computers to compare new situations to old ones and then modify what the computer knew as a result. We were able to build some useful systems. And we learned a lot about human learning. Did I think we had created computers that were now going to outthink people or soon become conscious? Of course not. I thought we had begun to create computers that would be more useful to people.”

“Fifty years later, key words are still dominating the thoughts of people who try to get computers to deal with language. But, this time, the key word people have deceived the general public by making claims that this is thinking, that AI is here, and that, by the way we should be very afraid, or very excited, I forget which.”

“It would be nice if IBM would tone down the hype and let people know what Watson can actually do and stop making up nonsense about love fading and out thinking cancer. IBM is simply lying now and they need to stop. AI winter is coming soon.”

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Challenge Feb-2017: Determine Booking Fraud

fraudOur February’s Challenge deals with a relatively simple decision model that should determine potential fraud during an online product booking process. It’s based on an automatically calculated Fraud Rating Score. Read more here and submit your solution.

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DMN Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK)

dmn-tckAny technical standard needs a Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) similar to those used by JCP (Java Community Process). “At the 2016 bpmNEXT conference we decided to form a TCK for DMN. The goal is simple: DMN offers to be a standard way of expressing conditional logic, and we need to assure that that logic runs the same on every implementation. What we need then is simply a set of test cases: a sample DMN diagram, with some context data, and the expected results.” The TCK already includes an initial set of DMN models, along with input values, expected outputs, and supporting software. Read more

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bpmNEXT-2017 on Apr 18-20 in Santa Barbara

bpmnextNow in its fifth year, bpmNEXT is the definitive showcase of the next generation of Business Process Management software – including intelligent operations, the Internet of Things, mobile case management, business decision management, automated process discovery, and goal-directed processes. This is no typical “how to” conference aimed at BPM newcomers. It is designed specifically for those already chestdeep in BPM and wanting to get in early on the next generation of process innovation technology.

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