To be honest, I don’t know. We all know about progress in language technology, such as Google Translate or Siri or our own Wolters Kluwer technology that we use in the legal area. But we also see that – especially in Europe – we are still locked in our own language and cannot easily transcend this barrier a part from switching into English as a lingua franca. So, where is the innovation?
There’s no doubt that there is business in Big Data… as well as a lot of nonsense around it as well – with growing tendency! So the question is how to figure out the relevant aspects. BDVA is trying to address that on a pan-European level – and Wolters Kluwer is a part of that journey!
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has not yet reached a fundamental breakthrough. So far, I see progress in many areas, but somehow it is a horizontal development, as if something cool is still out there waiting to be discovered.
I had the privilege and pleasure to be present at one of these rare occasions.
Experts from different domains, personal histories, and backgrounds will work together in the coming years. They all push toward making the creation and maintenance of data-intensive systems and applications more efficient.
Or to put it simply: ALIGNED was born!
I heard about this topic - which finds the shortest distance between a large number of cities – for the first time during my university studies back in the late 80’s. I found it stunning at that time, that such a problem with an obvious high economic relevance was quite hard to tackle. The name itself always triggered another association in me, which is the Death of a Salesman novel and the movie adaption with Dustin Hoffman and young John Malkovich from 1985, which still impresses and saddens me today.
Yet, today I want to talk about why I feel like a Traveling Salesman in 2015.
When thinking about Finland, people over here would say: smart, but definitely crazy. So, actually a perfect place for innovative people to meet. Today I want to talk about cool stuff from Finland – like Leningrad Cowboys or Aki Kaurismäki. It’s an annual event about the future of tech, knowledge and media, called Mindtrek Conference!
One of the biggest thrills in my life is when I meet people who are completely different from me – by culture, by experience, by age (unfortunately, there is no homepage dedicated to my grandpa!), etc. Starting discussions with them often means reflecting on my own ways of thinking and behavior, which is very exciting and which often leads to broadening my horizons. A similar WOW effect happens when I come across new open datasets, which cover a lot of knowledge in a concise manner, that help us to accelerate new business development.
As we all know, the model of a flat earth in contrast to a globe was a common idea even until Columbus tried to sail from Europe to India. He had to face doubts in his crew as well as whether the Earth was really round, so that there was no danger of “falling off the edge.” This model reflects our everyday perception that we stand firmly on the ground and, for example, water is not flowing away from us – following the curvature of the Earth. So, there is actually some ratio and common sense behind it.
But when people acknowledged that Earth in fact was round, a whole new world not only in the literary sense opened up to them and things became possible and even inevitable that were beyond imagination before.
I think that our civilization today is currently figuring out again that the world is round!
Putting a puzzle together can be frustrating as a child, yet this brain teaser becomes more gratifying as an adult. Carefully placing intricate pieces together to create a complete picture. I think we offered an almost completed puzzle last week in Leipzig at SEMANTiCS 2014, where we presented LOD2.
To start a blog post with such a phrase in order to introduce the finalization of a 4-year project might sound a bit pathetic. Still I think that LOD2 has opened a new door for Wolters Kluwer and for the industry as a whole to better cope with the fundamental transformation process we already face and will be facing in the coming years.