Issue No. 02 - April (1996 vol. 11)
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<p>The field of expert systems began in a very quiet way. A few AI researchers, who grew tired of searching for the illusive general-purpose reasoning machine, turned their attention toward well-defined problems where human expertise was the cornerstone for solving the problems. This switch in effort soon met with success and a new term was coined to define these programs: expert systems.</p> <p>Although the number of expert systems developed during these early days were modest, the promise of this technology rippled throughout the AI community. More systems were built and many predictions were made on how this new technology would revolutionize the computer industry. So how well has the field fared? Has it met the earlier predictions or has it fallen short as some critics have claimed?</p> <p>This article attempts to answer these questions through an analysis of an extensive survey of developed expert systems. It also provides a sense of the field's health.</p>
expert systems, artificial intelligence
J. Durkin, "Expert Systems: A View of the Field," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 11, no. , pp. 56-63, 1996.