Open Mind already becoming useful

From: Simon Gordon (
Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 16:32:14 MDT

MIT's AI commonsense project "Open Mind" is already
getting practical applications despite the fact it is
simply a database of statements made mostly by the
general public. Unlike the similiar project CYC all
the data is in english, there is no technical
formalisation, no programming language. Any user can
contribute without needing programming skills.

The above article seemingly suggests that the current
applications for Open Mind are very specific and
non-commercial but its nevertheless surprising that
this approach is working when you consider all the
technical efforts going into projects such as
Novementa and SIAI.

What the article neglects to mention is the sister
project Mindpixel which has currently collected almost
three times as many statements as Open Mind and gets
users to validate and self-regulate the database,
seperating the statements or propositions into those
which are clearly True and those which are clearly
False. Mindpixel is also Quality-controlled: users
have to rate each statement based on its subjective
Quality. The information collected in databases like
Mindpixel may be very useful in 10 years time provided
enough people contribute (though not necessarily
useful for AI). Many commercial applications may

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