Experience with INTELLECT: Artificial Intelligence Technology Transfer

Larry R. Harris

Abstract


AI technology transfer Is the diffusion of AI research techniques into commercial products. I have been involved in this process since 1975, when the Artificial Intelligence Corporation began to develop ROBOT, the prototype of INTELLECT, a commercially viable natural language interface to data base systems which has been on the market since 1981. In this article, I will discuss AI technology transfer with particular reference to my experiences with the commercialization of INTELLECT. I will begin with the historical perspective of where the field of AI came from, where it is now, and where it is going. Next, I will describe my interpretation of the present market structure for AI products and some specific marketing perspectives. I will then briefly describe the product INTELLECT and its capabilities as an example of a state-of-the-art commercial system. Next, I will describe some of the experiences, which I think are typical, that my company has encountered in commercialize their systems.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v5i2.437

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