An AI with 30 Years’ Worth of Knowledge Finally Goes to Work

By Will Knight

An effort to encode the world’s knowledge in a huge database has sometimes seemed impractical, but those behind the technology say it’s finally ready.

Having spent the last 31 years memorizing an astonishing collection of general knowledge, the artificial-intelligence engine created by Doug Lenat is finally ready to go to work. Lenat’s creation is Cyc, a knowledge base of semantic information designed to give computers some understanding of how things work in the real world.

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