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A decade or so ago, we were debating how to educate Paul Allen’s artificial intelligence in a meeting at Vulcan headquarters in Seattle with researchers from IBM, Cycorp, SRI,  and other places. We were talking about how to “engineer knowledge” from textbooks into formal systems like Cyc or Vulcan’s SILK inference engine (which we were [...]

Are vitamins subject to sales tax in California?

What is the part of speech of “subject” in the sentence: Are vitamins subject to sales tax in California? Related questions might include: Does California subject vitamins to sales tax? Does California sales tax apply to vitamins? Does California tax vitamins? Vitamins is the direct object of the verb in each of these sentences, so, [...]

Requirements for Logical Reasoning

Here is a graphic on how various reasoning technologies fit the practical requirements for reasoning discussed below: This proved surprisingly controversial during correspondence with colleagues from the Vulcan work on SILK and its evolution at The requirements that motivated this were the following:

Deep QA

Our efforts at acquiring deep knowledge from a college biology text have enabled us to answer a number of questions that are beyond what has been previously demonstrated. For example, we’re answering questions like: Are the passage ways provided by channel proteins hydrophilic or hydrophobic? Will a blood cell in a hypertonic environment burst? If [...]

Understanding English promotes better policies and requirements

Capturing some policies from a publication by the Health and Human Services department recently turned up the following…. It’s probably the case that there are more specific lists than just “some list” or “any list”, as suggested below. This is a good thing about applying deep natural language understanding to policy statements.  It helps you [...]

Logic from the English of Science, Government, and Business

Our software is translating even long and complicated sentences from regulations to textbooks into formal logic (i.e,, not necessarily first-order logic, but more general predicate calculus).   As you can see below, we can translate this understanding into various logical formalisms including defeasible first-order logic, which we are applying in Vulcan’s Project Halo.  This includes classical [...]

NLP: depictive in an HPSG lexicon?

We’re having a great time using OWL to clarify and enrich the semantics of the rich model underlying the ERG. Here’s an example, FYI. If you’d like to know more (or help), please drop us a line! Overall the project will demonstrate our capabilities for transforming everyday sentences into RIF and business rule languages using SBVR extended with defeasibility and other capabilities, all modeled in the same OWL ontology.

Recruiting: IBM Ilog vs. JBoss Drools

I received notice of a Victorian government position offering $106k, as follows, today: BRMS Developer (WebSphere ILOG JRules) You will have proven experience as a BRMS Developer within a Java/JEE environment using IBM‘s WebSphere ILOG JRules platform. You will have implementation experience using integration technologies (e.g. Web Services, JMS) and have the ability to liaise [...]

Event-centricity driving TIBCO

The call transcript from TIBCO’s Dec 21 review of Q4 results is great reading.  Starting from a simple Rete Algorithm and the insightful acquisition of Spotfire, TIBCO has transformed itself from a technical middleware vendor to a promising enterprise platform. TIBCO has a long way to go in making its business optimization offerings less technical, [...]

RulesFest 2011 keynote

The slides for my keynote at RuleFest 2011 are here. Excellent presentations on complex event processing by Paul Vincent of TIBCO and Mauricio Salatano who showed simple, effective integration of events and rules using Drools.  Mauricio’s was a good demo and Paul’s slides are worth perusing once they go on-line.  (Some comments from Carlos about [...]