Again about AI understanding

On Dec-2021 Melanie Mitchell published “What Does It Mean for AI to Understand“: “Remember IBM’s Watson, the AI Jeopardy! champion? A 2010 promotion proclaimed, “Watson understands natural language with all its ambiguity and complexity.” However, as we saw when Watson subsequently failed spectacularly in its quest to “revolutionize medicine with artificial intelligence,” a veneer of linguistic facility is not the same as actually comprehending human language.” Link

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Digital transformation fall out of favor?

Forrester Research will run a free webinar on Jan 26 at 2 pm ET and they promise to explain:

  • Why “digital transformation” has fallen out of favor and what has replaced that outdated idea.
  • How rising interest inaccessibility will give tech vendors a $10 billion opportunity. 
  • Why 80% of consumers will see the world as digital and what they’ll expect from you as a result.
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DecisionCAMP Session “DMN 1.4 and Beyond” on January 26, 2022

Date: Wed, January 26, 2022 at 12:00pm EST
Title: “DMN 1.4 and Beyond
Presenter: Denis Gagne, Trisotech. 
AbstractIn this session Denis will present a summary of the work done by the DMN 1.4 Revision Task Force (RTF) and open discussion on what should come next for the Decision Model and Notation standard. 
Please register for free here.

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Most in Demand Languages for 2022

If you are interested in software engineering from a meta trends perspective, here are the most popular programming languages by GitHub repository activity:

You may find more interesting trends in this new Medium’s article “Most in Demand Programming Software Development Languages for 2022

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Best Holiday Wishes

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members and friends of the Decision Management Community! Here is a musical present from Dr. Alan Fish: Listen

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Connecting the Dots

If someone gives us a collection of points, how should we connect them? Should we try to pair them up? Should we try to join them together to form a single loop? Should we try something else? And once we’ve decided on the rules we’re going to follow, how should we go about trying to achieve the best result? On Dec. 21 at noon EST Robert Bosch, professor of mathematics at Oberlin College, will share how he uses graph theory and mathematical optimization to design connect-the-dots eye candy: labyrinths, knight’s tours, TSP Art, and string art. Link

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About the Log4j Vulnerability

This week many organizations went through the scare caused by critical security vulnerability of commonly used Apache Log4j Java-based logging utility. Shortly after Apache announcement attackers in the wild began exploiting the Log4j vulnerability, prompting government cybersecurity institutions worldwide, including the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to issue alerts urging organizations to patch their systems immediately. The majority of Java-based decisioning platforms quickly provided advices and updates to their customers. Make sure that your application is safe by relying on the latest Log4J Release 2.16.0 (not 2.15.0!) that mitigates this vulnerability. Link

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DecisionCAMP Session “Learning Executable Constraint Models” on Dec 15, 2021

The next DecisionCAMP session will be held on Wed, December 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST (New York Time). Title: “Learning Executable Constraint Models from Positive and Negative Examples
Helmut Simonis, Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics in Ireland. Read more and Register here. Watch recording at

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Guiding mathematical intuition with AI

It is clear that intuition plays an important role in elite performance in many human pursuits. In this work the authors demonstrate a framework for mathematicians to use machine learning that has led to mathematical insight across two distinct disciplines: one of the first connections between the algebraic and geometric structure of knots and a proposed resolution to a long-standing open conjecture in representation theory. Rather than use machine learning to directly generate conjectures, they focus on helping guide the highly tuned intuition of expert mathematicians, yielding results that are both interesting and deep. Link

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Christmas Challenge 2021

2022 is around the corner, and Santa again creates a plan for his elves to determine how reindeer will pull his sleigh. Our Challenge Dec-2021 is based on Santa’s plan described by Mike Shenk:

Twas the night before Christmas, and at the North Pole
The last-minute planning was taking its toll.
As Santa was hastily making a scheme
For the placement of deer in his sleigh-pulling team..

We expect our readers will present Santa’s plan as a nice-looking decision model that determines the order of the reindeer and send their solution using any tool (or no tools) to Link

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