Two futures are sketched for constraint programming and operations research. In one, they continue their present emphasis on computational methods. In the other, they are empirical sciences dedicated to prescriptive modeling of human activities, with computation playing an ancillary role. The second future is defended as one in which the two fields, which are at root one field, maintain their vitality and make a more effective contribution to solving the problems of an increasingly complex world.
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