Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dr. Douglas Lenat (Cyc) joins Dr. Robert Greenes to keynote IntelliFest 2012

I'm very excited that this year Dr. Douglas Lenat will be one of the keynote Speakers. Dr Lenat is the founder of the gound breaking AI project  Cyc:
"Cyc is an artificial intelligence project that attempts to assemble a comprehensive ontology and knowledge base of everyday common sense knowledge, with the goal of enabling AI applications to perform human-like reasoning." (wikipedia)
Dr. Douglas Lenat joins Dr Robert Greenes, a biomedical and infomatics star from Arizona State University, who will be keynoting the Healthcare day.

The healthcare day is being co-chaired by Emory Fry, MD and Dr Davide Sottara, and request for presentations is now open. Please send your healthcare and medical submissions to the following emails: 
to: eafry at gmx d0t com. 
cc: dsotty at gmail d0t com, mproctor at codehaus d0t org.

5 comments:

  1. I hope you are fully aware of the fact that "cyc" means in polish the same as "tit" (a woman's breast in other words):
    http://en.bab.la/dictionary/polish-english/cyc

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    1. You should check out what the Russian words for "shield" and "how" sound like for an English speaker. In case you're not aware Cyc is short for encyclopedia. If we're thinking about languages other than English then I think the connection with "psych(e)" in Greek is a lot more relevant and probably intentional, in contrast to the connection you've found for Polish (the former being meaning-based and the latter incidental sound-based which is unsurprising given the ubiquity of CVC syllables and the limited possibilities and their arbitrariness).

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    2. I did not want to sound cheeky. I just wanted to show a problem, that before naming a project with a cool sounding name it may be worth a while checking if this name means something abusive in another language.

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  2. "I did not want to sound cheeky. I just wanted to show a problem, that before naming a project with a cool sounding name it may be worth a while checking if this name means something abusive in another language."

    The Cyc project is almost 30 years old, give the guys a break.

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  3. Thanks for this post!

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