[crm-sig] OpenCyc - a bit off-topic

Lee, Edmund edmund.lee at rchme.co.uk
Mon Jan 14 16:43:37 EET 2002

Dear CRM folk -

This is a bit off topic, but I thought you might be interested in this
article about the 'Open Cyc' initiative in the current issue of Scientific
American - it sounds tangentially relevant to the sort of modelling involved
in CRM


E.g the article quotes a problem encountered in adding 'common sense' to IT

"The project got bogged down by the growing realization that facts alone are
not enough: they require context. For instance, vampires are not real--but
in fictional settings they may be treated as real. This inflated the size of
the necessary database by a factor of 10, Lenat explains. "

Apologies for the diversion - hope its of interest.

English Heritage

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