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Re: [ontolog-forum] Apology [was AI Journal is now available for free do

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:25:19 -0500
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On 11/4/2014 10:40 AM, David Eddy wrote:
>> For the record, following is a copy of my review.  Even though
>> it's over 20 years old, the points in it are still relevant, and
>> they apply equally well to many current projects in ontology:
>> http://www.jfsowa.com/pubs/CycRev93.pdf
> Great example here of what I want "yetAnotherLanguage" (today's
> name for current brain fart) on first page of that CycRev93.pdf.    (01)

What makes Cyc important is that its goal was to support ordinary
language.  It would eventually eliminate those brain farts.
For example, Cyc (or something similar) might make Siri more
intelligent.  See my response about Siri in the thread "Apology".    (02)

> "The Cyc project, started by Doug Lenat at MCC..."
> "Cyc project"?  What's that?
> "Doug Lenant"  who's that?
> "MCC"  what does that acronym mean?    (03)

I admit that I should have omitted the acronym MCC.  It's not relevant
to the book review, and the full form (Microelectronics and Computer
Technology Corporation) would be marginally more informative.    (04)

But in 1993, the Cyc project was very familiar to readers of
the _AI Journal_.  My review was the last of four reviews of Cyc
that were published in the same issue of AIJ.  In that context,
the title of the book (immediately above that sentence) was
sufficient as intro:    (05)

> Book Review
> D.B. Lenat and R.V. Guha,
> Building Large Knowledge-Based Systems:
> Representation and Inference in the Cyc Project    (06)

John    (07)

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