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Charles W. Bachman

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Charles William "Charlie" Bachman, the "father of databases" who received the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 1973 for creating the first database management system, died June 13 at the age of 92. Born in Manhattan, KS, in 1924, Bachman earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1948, as well as an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He went to work for Dow Chemical in 1950, using mechanical punched-card computing devices to solve networks of simultaneous equations representing data from Dow plants. In 1957, Bachman became head of Dow's Data Processing Department, through which he became a member of Share Inc., and a founding member of the Share Data Processing Committee. In 1960, Bachman joined the General Electric (GE) Production Control Services Group in New York City, using a factory in Philadelphia to test designs for a system to automate factory planning, scheduling, operational control, and inventory control. The resulting MIACS was based on the ...


British Science Fiction Writer Brian Aldiss Dies at 92

U.S. News

Born in 1925, Aldiss had a huge influence on sci-fi, as both a writer and an editor. His work includes "Greybeard," set in a world without young people, and the "Helliconia" trilogy, centered on a planet in which the seasons last for centuries.


Order of Canada marks 50 years of honouring Canadian contributions - The Globe and Mail

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The Order of Canada marks its 50th anniversary this year with 99 new appointments on its Canada Day honours list, including renowned figures from the fields of law, government, entertainment and sport, as well as Canadians whose contributions are less widely known. Dionne Brand is a former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist. A former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist, Dionne Brand has built her life and career around thinking and writing about Canada's relationship with race and immigration. Joyce Churchill's son, Stephen, was 21 years old when the province of Newfoundland agreed to provide money for an early intervention program for children with autism.


Professor Emeritus Whitman Richards dies at 84

MIT News

Whitman Richards '53, PhD '65, professor emeritus of cognitive sciences and of media arts and sciences and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, died on Sept. 16 after a long battle with myelofibrosis. One of the first four PhD graduates of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), his more than 60 years at MIT were marked by a dedication to the experimental and theoretical study of vision, perception, and cognition. "The breadth of his research was really quite remarkable," says Josh Tenenbaum, MIT professor of computational cognitive science and former Richards graduate student. Many of his former students have found success in a variety of different fields, including psychology, cognitive science, computer science, media, computer graphics, and the defense industry.


Back to AI - Compellon

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To Dr. Ryszard Michalski, the man who coined the term "Machine Learning," did a lot to advance the field, and who, sadly, passed away on September 20, 2015. I first visited the prominent AI researcher Dr. Ryszard Michalski in 1990. I have long pursued the way out of this situation through the approach of the newly-born AI research of the mid-20th century: to reconsider the borderline of responsibilities in the Man – Machine labor division. In the past, machine learning, although a very reasonable and practical branch of AI, had moved far away from dreams of the original AI founders.


Neville Marriner, L.A. Chamber Orchestra music director and 'Amadeus' maestro, dies at 92

Los Angeles Times

At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Josh Fischel, founder of Music Tastes Good, dies at 47

Los Angeles Times

At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Gabriele Amorth, prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, dies at 91

Los Angeles Times

Amorth, who began serving as an exorcist for the Rome diocese in 1986, published several books exploring the theme of good and evil. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. In a 2006 interview with Vatican Radio, Amorth said that "exorcism is something which you believe in because deeds happen that reason cannot explain," but which teaching in the Bible can help understand.


Back to AI

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To Dr. Ryszard Michalski, the man who coined the term "Machine Learning", did a lot to advance the field and who, sadly, passed away on September 20, 2015. When in 1990 I first visited Dr. Ryszard Michalski, the famous AI researcher and the man who coined the term "Machine Learning", his research division in George Mason University (Virginia) was called "The Center for Artificial Intelligence." I have long pursued the way out of this situation through the approach of the newly-born AI research of the mid-20th century: to reconsider the borderline of responsibilities between Human and Machine in the Man – Machine labor division. At our core, to achieve the goal of resetting the man/machine borderline, we make two major deviations from the sequence of analysis prevalent in the typical practice of applying machine learning today.


Carjacking suspect died as deputies tried to restrain him, officials say

Los Angeles Times

Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, a Navy commander faces attempted rape charges, and Hesperia's halfway houses might be closed. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, a Navy commander faces attempted rape charges, and Hesperia's halfway houses might be closed. With the help of the L.A. Galaxy and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, our Curiosity Correspondent, Benjamin Crutcher, answered the question, "What does it take to be a professional soccer goalie?" With the help of the L.A. Galaxy and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, our Curiosity Correspondent, Benjamin Crutcher, answered the question, "What does it take to be a professional soccer goalie?"