Community Expert Systems

July 19, 2007

Here’s an idea for a new community based web site. Develop an online expert system where individual contributors can extend its knowledge base with new rules. Expert systems have been around for a long time. The technology is fairly easy at this point, but it’s always been hard to find experts to fill up the knowledge base. If such a system were available to the public, then individuals can extend the knowledge base for a particular domain in small pieces. Domains might include auto repair, health information, investments, computer problems, etc. I’m not sure what the rule language would look like, but it would need to be something where the machine can gather them into a decision tree, rather than individuals extending the tree manually. Of course, this depends on a diligent group of contributors to keep the rules honest, much like Wikipedia. I’ve not seen such a site yet, but I’ll poke around some more.

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