I came across the site of Cycorp today. It has a batch of very interesting videos.

“Cycorp is a leading provider of semantic technologies that bring a new level of intelligence and common sense reasoning to a wide variety of software applications. The Cyc® software combines an unparalleled common sense ontology and knowledge base with a powerful reasoning engine and natural language interfaces to enable the development of novel knowledge-intensive applications.”

“The Cyc Knowledge Server is a very large, multi-contextual knowledge base and inference engine developed by Cycorp. Cycorp’s goal is to break 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.”

“The development of Cyc was a very long-term, high-risk gamble that has begun to pay off. Begun as a research project in 1984, Cyc is now a working technology with applications to many real-world business problems. Cyc’s vast knowledge base enables it to perform well at tasks that are beyond the capabilities of other software technologies.”

“The vast breadth of Cyc knowledge is now available to you as a series of domain-focused structured information products. Select from a library of pre-defined, interoperable domain taxonomies or let us provide custom-developed taxonomies or ontologies to meet your specific needs.”

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