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Some Scientists Think AI is a Threat. They might be misguided.

By far the most dangerous threat to human existence is humans themselves.  You can talk all you want about nature or technology — in this case, AI, but our worst enemy is our own collective mind.  First off, a fair disclaimer:  I am speculating about this just as much as the people I’m about to […]

kmcowan 11 September, 2018 0

Why Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Better than You Will Ever Be

Keeping up on all the advances in AI really requires its own AI.   As it turns out, AI is being used to locate alien life. I, for one, would like to extend a hearty welcome to our new overlords in advance. Seriously though, I believe this is a great example (and a great use […]

kmcowan 10 September, 2018 0

Use Case: AI Assists in Orchestrating Supply Chain Management

Orchestrating supply chain management via ML/PA is something Capture Club understands quite well.  In 2001, we were involved with a bleeding-edge effort to automate Trading Partner and Trading Agreement negotiations.  We utilized both Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics to create a system wherein you could define the parameters of your company and it’s trading partner/agreement […]

Use Case: AI Mitigates Railroad Intermodal Shutdown Effects

A colleague of mine in the railroad industry recently shared this article with me.  As I was reading through, I came across this paragraph: “As a result of CSXT interline intermodal service changes, Union Pacific is no longer able to offer a number of interline intermodal services to the eastern U.S. Due to the complexity […]

kmcowan 9 September, 2018 0

Why Binary Computing will never equal Quantum Computing

I came across an interesting article concerning the (quantum) problem at the core of modern Artificial Intelligence:  Cause and Effect. Quantum weirdness in ‘chicken or egg’ paradox The “chicken or egg” paradox was first proposed by philosophers in Ancient Greece to describe the problem of determining cause-and-effect. Now, a team of physicists from The University […]

kmcowan 3 September, 2018 0

Why is Everyone Ga-Ga for Amazon’s Recommendations Engine?

  I talk to people about Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics everyday. During the course of that conversation, the topic of Amazon’s Amazing Recommendations generally comes up as an example of the Gold Standard of recommendation engines. But you know what? I really don’t think so. As I was browsing around Amazon the other day, […]

kmcowan 28 August, 2018 0

List All Loaded Classes in the Java JVM Using Nashorn JavaScript

  As I was working through an issue the other day, at one point I wanted to see what was loaded in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).  To make matters a bit more tricky, I had to accomplish this using Nashorn JavaScript.  So after a bit of poking around, I found this in Java: import […]

kmcowan 17 August, 2018 0

Oracle Proposes Removing Nashorn from Java ‘Because it’s hard.’

When Oracle purchased Sun Microsystems and thus took over custody of the Java programming language, many of us in the community were concerned that Oracle’s tendency towards side-tracking projects it didn’t find profitable would affect the venerable language. We’ve not been proven wrong. In it’s latest lazy, bone-headed move, the decision to remove Nashorn from […]

kmcowan 16 August, 2018 0

Community Alert: A Customizable 911 Emergency Alert System

  The most valuable things many people have in life are home and family.   Indeed, we spend our lives working to make the perfect home environment, only to have it whisked away as the result of a single emergency.  These days, city/county alert systems tend to be 0ver-burdened, and you don’t always know how long […]

kmcowan 7 August, 2018 0

IBM Global Services: A Case Study in Predictive Analytics

Use Case: A Global parts and services company has branches with teams all over the world.  Providing efficient servicing for these teams requires the coordination of Service Level Agreement (SLA) constraints, part availability from hundreds of downstream, supply chain vendors, and the available staff, taking into consideration union and federal regulations. It desires a system that […]

kmcowan 1 August, 2018 0