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The sensational media stories following the release of Open AI’s GPT-4 continue, but the theme that it's about to—or already has—plunged the world into the "Singularity" is being quietly undercut by efforts in the EU and the US to regulate AI in general.
By John Ghrist
Many popular and business media outlets have recently gone overboard in predicting the end of civilization at the hands of this useful but humble chatbot. While it’s fun to scare ourselves with spooky stories from time to time, this deluge is starting to give AI in general an undeserved bad rep. A useful antidote is to look at the slew of laws and regulations—some already on the books, some merely pending—that can assure the sober-minded that responsible people are aware of the dangers and are acting to do something about it.
The Project Proposal has been approved. What next? The project must now be defined in greater detail.
By Colleen Garton and Erika McCulloch
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 4 of Fundamentals of Technology Project Management, by Colleen Garton and Erika McCulloch.
The project definition includes the creation of:
- The Project Charter
- The Marketing Requirements Document (MRD)
- The Budget
- The Statement of Work (SOW)
The flowchart in Figure 4.1 shows the project definition workflow process from the proposal being approved through to project approval.
Output editing refers to formatting output values by suppressing leading zeros and adding special characters—such as decimal radix characters, thousands separators, and currency symbols—to make the values easier for people looking at the output to comprehend
By Brian Meyers and Jim Buck
Editor's Note: This article is excerpted from chapter 3 of Programming in ILE RPG, Fifth Edition.
Output editing refers to formatting output values by suppressing leading zeros and adding special characters—such as decimal radix characters, thousands separators, and currency symbols—to make the values easier for people looking at the output to comprehend. RPG and DDS allow you to edit numeric fields (but not character fields). Editing is used in part because of the way numbers are stored in the computer. For example, if Amount, a six-byte field with two decimal positions, is assigned the value 31.24, the computer stores that value as 003124. Although the computer keeps track of the decimal position, a radix character is not actually stored as part of the numeric value. If you print Amount without editing, the number prints as 003124—the nonsignificant zeros appears, and there is no indication of where the decimal should be.
On June 7, 1983, a product was born that would revolutionize how organizations would store, manage, process and query their data: IBM Db2.
Over the past 40 years, Db2 has been on an exciting and transformational journey. In 1969, retired IBM Fellow Edgar F. Codd published his famous paper “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks.” His paper and research went on to inspire Donald D. Chamberlin and Raymond F. Boyce to create Structured Query Language (SQL).
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