April 22, 2005

Prepare To Cyc Out

by Andrew Stern · , 11:40 am

It is reported that in the next few months a browser-friendly version of what is arguably the biggest, longest-running AI project in history, Cyc, will be made available, allowing laypeople (and bots?) to access its massive common-sense knowledge base and continue tutoring it, a process ongoing for 22 years now.

There is already a limited form of Cyc available, with a recent major update.

It will be very interesting to begin playing with this knowledge base and reasoning engine, and imagining artistic applications of it. There’s already a precedent for this — six years ago Michael applied some of Cyc’s knowledge base in his ideologically-biased documentary history project Terminal Time, a collaboration with Paul Vanouse and Steffi Domike.

The New Scientist article reporting on Cyc is also a good writeup of the history of the AI Winter.