Saturday, February 3, 2007

Human-like Decision Making in Software

For those employees who believe they cannot be replaced with a very small shell script, your days may be numbered.

Compsim LLC, a seemingly small company based outside of Milwaukee, has developed a patented system which they claim can add human-like decision making to software applications, devices or even websites. By using Knowledge Enhanced Electronic Logic (KEEL) Technology to design custom decision processes, Compsim's customers can build expert system software capable of making judgmental decisions.

Like any expert system, KEEL is a knowledge-based system that uses domain-specific information provided by human experts to generate decisions based on various inputs. However, KEEL is different because it allows for graphical development of decision formulas or "policies" in a web (as opposed to tree) structure, and its solutions are fully explainable and auditable. The company's website has a variety of interactive demos, including UAV guidance & collision-avoidance and automatic dispensing of drugs. Compsim forsees numerous applications for KEEL technology, from automotive & medical diagnostics, to industrial automation, to stock market forcasting, to intelligent weapon systems.

The next step for this line of research is to incorporate machine learning into the development of decision policies. Compsim admits that while KEEL systems can be designed to adapt, they are not "true" learning systems in that they are unable to independently integrate new information sources. An expert system that can learn could potentially become an "expert" on anything, and might be a path towards artificial general intelligence.

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