Guha, R. V.


CYC: A Midterm Report

AI Magazine

After explicating the need for a large commonsense knowledge base spanning human consensus knowledge, we report on many of the lessons learned over the first five years of attempting its construction. We have come a long way in terms of methodology, representation language, techniques for efficient inferencing, the ontology of the knowledge base, and the environment and infrastructure in which the knowledge base is being built. We describe the evolution of Cyc and its current state and close with a look at our plans and expectations for the coming five years, including an argument for how and why the project might conclude at the end of this time.


Building Large Knowledge-Based Systems: Representation and Inference in the CYC Project

Classics

The book under review here, Building Large Knowledge-Based Systems: Representation and Inference in the Cyc Project, describes progress so far in an attempt to build a system that is intended to exhibit general common-sense reasoning ability. This review first discusses aspects of the Cyc system, with a focus on important decisions made in designing its knowledge representation language, and on how claims about the performance of the system might be validated.‡ The review then turns to the book itself, discussing both its merits and its faults.