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Would you buy a used car from…?

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Problem statement In the real world, a supply contract has at least three elements: the technical characteristics of the product the commercial terms, and the delivery date. These are vital elements for business. Indeed, the buyer would not be happy to discover that the product ordered has twice the volume, costs twice as much or is delivered one year later than the time agreed. The buyer who had known that before would probably have placed the order to a different…

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Even the stars die – A summary

Born on 29th of January 1988, the Moving Picture Experts Group – MPEG – pas­sed away on the 2nd of June 2020 at the age of 32, hit by 12 stabbers. Especially some of those who had been most benefitted pounced on it. Ten rose in its defence but were outnumbered. Five looked without intervening. The book  talks extensively and at different levels about what drove the MPEG mission and the results of its 386 months of activity. In simple…

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MPAI basics

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What it is MPAI – Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding is an unaffiliated, non-profit, international association with the mission to develop data coding standards, predominantly using Artificial Intelligence. The MPAI Manifesto summarises the MPAI distinctive features. The main MPAI target is “data coding” that MPAI defines as the transformation of data from a given representation to an equivalent one more suited to a specific application, e.g., compression or semantics extraction. How it works MPAI develops standards using a rigorous…

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Even the stars die – A guided tour

The Even the stars die is a book available on Amazon in electronic and paper form. It has several goals: To connect MPEG’s digital media standardisation with the traditional media standardisation To disclose why and how MPEG was conceived and the inside story of the first three “heroic” standards – MPEG-1, -2 and -4 To study the work done in some of the most important areas: video, audio, systems etc. To describe some of the unique MPEG characteristics To analyse the…

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Even the stars die – Preface

The book “Even the stars die - The history of MPEG and how it made digital media happen has been published on Amazon ( In summary, the book tells the story of how MPEG engineered the transformation of analogue media, how it fostered the development of digital media, how it was terminated and how its spirit continues in the field of data coding by Artificial Intelligence through MPAI. In this post I will publish the preface of the book. Full…

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India needs help

We have all heard the news about the situation in India - 1.3 billion people under attack by Civid-19. The media have stopped talking about it, but the situation there is dramatic. Ambarish Natu, who was an MPEG participant is sponsoring.

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