I am a data guy. I have spent my whole professional life with information and understanding how humans and machines best consume, process and deliver that information. With my engagement in the ALIGNED project I also became a software guy – sort of. What is really fascinating is how similar things seem to be in these quite distinct worlds.
During the last few years, Wolters Kluwer has been in a continuous flow of change, shifting its focus from print to online, the Internet of things, startups, and upcoming markets in Latin America and China. In early November, I attended a master class on change management at the Law Faculty of Leiden University. Read further >
Babylon is one of the most important cities in Ancient history. Its well-known king Hammurabi was the first in the world to publish laws in local languages, so that every citizen had easy access to them (somehow, he was one of the founders of our industry!). In addition, according to the Bible, Babylon is the place where all the different human languages come from. How do we cope with this diversity today?
Growth rates in applications that are available in the cloud are impressive. Successful Big Data applications as well as Internet of Things can hardly be thought of without having cloud capabilities. But also common applications like editors or simple file shares profit directly from easy access to information across geographies and devices. So why is cloud not yet standard for any kind of application?
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.