Doug Lenat on Cyc, a truly semantic web, and A.I.
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Doug Lenat is a prominent researcher in artificial intelligence and founder of the CYC project. The Cyc Knowledge Server is a very large, multi-contextual knowledge base and inference engine developed by Cycorp. The Cycorp website explains the goal of Cyc as breaking "the 'software brittleness bottleneck' once and for all by constructing a foundation of basic "common sense" knowledge--a semantic substratum of terms, rules, and relations--that will enable a variety of knowledge-intensive products and services. Cyc is intended to provide a "deep" layer of understanding that can be used by other programs to make them more flexible."
Doug talks about where Cycorp is in pursuit of that goal, and about what he calls a truly sematic web.
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