Daniel Golden, "No Longer Just Eggheads, Linguists Leap to the Net," The Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2000
Other rules start: ''If the fault is a growth fault . . . '', and so on.
Dipmeter Advisor was developed (with the help of artificial-intelligence workers at MIT) by Schlumberger, the French-controlled company that has an international stranglehold on the business of measuring well geology for oil companies. To get at the geology of a well, various measuring devices (including dipmeters) are lowered into it on thin wires and data signals sent back to produce a ''log'' of the well.
Interpreting such logs requires skills normally acquired only by long, painstaking study. Encapsulating the skills in a master computer programme would mean very profitable business for Schlumberger. Dipmeter Advisor is a first step.
The ''knowledge engineers'' who worked on developing the programme drew on the expertise of Schlumberger's top log-interpretation man, Mr Al Gilreath. They sat with him for a year as he carried out his job, asking him to describe how he reached his conclusions and to codify his knowledge whenever possible. They then came up with a set of rules of the type listed above.
"Why can't a computer be more like a man?," The Economist, January 9, 1982
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