kmcowan, Author at Capture Club

AEDONS: Encrypted XML/JSON Application Data Server

Secure, encrypted bi-directional communication anywhere!   Communications between a central repository and a remote client present a wide variety of security issues.  Sending data “over the wire” is in-and-of-itself a precarious notion, given that the data must be exchanged between many processes, routers, gateways, firewalls and so on in order to reach its final destination.  […]

kmcowan 1 October, 2018 0

PAM: Psychiatric Annotation Manager

  Some years ago, I was asked to create a user-friendly application that would allow both psychiatrists as well as psychiatric facilities to track the treatment and medications prescribed to patients.  I came up with the concept of a Psychiatric Annotation Manager (PAM) that would allow doctors to easily track information about their patients, as […]

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