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State of AI Report 2019


We believe that AI will be a force multiplier on technological progress in our increasingly digital, data-driven world. This is because everything around us today, ranging from culture to consumer products, is a product of intelligence. In this report, we set out to capture a snapshot of the exponential progress in AI with a focus on developments in the past 12 months. Consider this report as a compilation of the most interesting things we've seen with a goal of triggering an informed conversation about the state of AI and its implication for the future. This edition builds on the inaugural State of AI Report 2018, which can be found here: We consider the following key dimensions in our report: - Research: Technology breakthroughs and their capabilities.

Global Information Management via Local Autonomous Agents

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Two approaches have been suggested previously for this [Buneman et al. 1990]. The composite approach produces a global schema by merging the schemas of the individual databases. Explicit resolutions are specified in advance for any semantic conflicts among the databases, so users and applications are presented with the illusion of a single, centralized database. However, the centralized view may differ from the previous local views and existing applications might not execute correctly any more. Further, a new global schema must be constructed every time a local schema changes or is added. The federated approach [Heimbigner and McLead 1985, Litwin et al. 1990] presents a user with a collection of local schemas, along with tools for information sharing.

Searching for Common Sense: Populating Cyc from the Web

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The Cyc project is predicated on the idea that effective machine learning depends on having a core of knowledge that provides a context for novel learned information - what is known informally as "common sense." Over the last twenty years, a sufficient core of common sense knowledge has been entered into Cyc to allow it to begin effectively and flexibly supporting its most important task: increasing its own store of world knowledge. In this paper, we present initial work on a method of using a combination of Cyc and the World Wide Web, accessed via Google, to assist in entering knowledge into Cyc. The long-term goal is automating the process of building a consistent, formalized representation of the world in the Cyc knowledge base via machine learning. We present preliminary results of this work and describe how we expect the knowledge acquisition process to become more accurate, faster, and more automated in the future.

Automated Population of Cyc: Extracting Information about Namedentities from the Web†

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Populating the Cyc Knowledge Base (KB) has been a manual process until very recently. However, there is currently enough knowledge in Cyc for it to be feasible to attempt to acquire additional knowledge autonomously. This paper describes a system that can collect and validate formally represented, fully-integrated knowledge from the Web or any other electronically available text corpus, about various entities of interest (e.g.