End of Public Updates of Java 8

If you are a vendor or a user of a Java-based BR/DM product, you better upgrade to the latest Java releases as according to Oracle Java SE 8 “has gone through the End of Public Updates process.” Link

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Machine Learning vs. Knowledge Acquisition

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An A.I. Finally Won an Elite Crossword Tournament

Checkers, backgammon, chess, Go, poker, and other games have witnessed the machines’ invasions, falling one by one to dominant A.I.s. Now crosswords have joined them. “Dr. Fill” algorithm wasn’t perfect; it finished the tournament with three errors. But its blazing speed—most puzzles in well under a minute—helped it outscore all comers, edging the top human by a razor-thin 15 points. Link

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DecisionCAMP May-5 Session with Corticon

Corticon compressed over 16,000 rules into just over 1000 rules in our Feb-2021 Challenge – learn how they did it.
Date: Wed, May 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST (New York Time)
Title: “Compression of Redundant Rules and Other Logical Optimizations”
Presenter: Seth Meldon, Progress Corticon. Register Recording

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Training class on decision tables taught by Jan Vanthienen

When representing and analyzing business decisions in real business situations and processes, decision tables have always proven a powerful approach. Decision table methodology, however, is more than putting some rules in a few tables.  Learn about proper methodology, table types, notations, best practices and the Decision Model Notation (DMN) standard by attending the online live training class taught by leading decision table expert Prof. Jan Vanthienen on May 4-6, 2021 Link

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KISS Principle for Decision Modeling

The KISS is an abbreviation of “Keep It Short and Simple” or “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. This principle has been a key, and a huge success in years of software engineering. A common problem among software engineers and developers is that they tend to over complicate problems. The modern decision models created and maintained by business people frequently suffer the same problem especially when very powerful BR&DM tools provoke them to do that. So, it could be very helpful for them to apply the old but good KISS principle to business decision modeling. Here is a useful link.

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The European approach to trustworthy AI

On April 21 the European Commission proposed new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU. New rules on Machinery will complement this approach by adapting safety rules to increase users’ trust in the new, versatile generation of products. Link

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Everything old is new again

Prof. Gene Freuder writes about Human-Centered AI: “human-centered”, “human-aware“, “human-AI collaboration” are, rightly, very prominent nowadays. But “everything old is new again”: I ran across an interesting twenty-year-old paper from the European Journal of Operational Research on Human centered processes and decision support systems. The following schema describes general principles for a decision support tool:

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This robot taught itself to walk

A pair of robot legs called Cassie has been taught to walk using reinforcement learning, the training technique that teaches AIs complex behavior via trial and error. The two-legged robot learned a range of movements from scratch, including walking in a crouch and while carrying an unexpected load. Link Watch

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Which rules not to execute

Can a rule engine decide in runtime which rules are not necessary to execute? See an interesting analysis of a quite simple decision model provided by Jack Jansonius in response to our Apr-2021 Challenge Link

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