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Full title: AT&T Briefings on Software Technology: Expert Systems

Aimed at software programmers, this 1986 educational video explains how to integrate expert, specific knowledge into software programs. A number of examples are used; below is a rough outline of what is covered. This film would have been used in a higher-education classroom setting, as well as in software design workplaces.

Topics covered:
  1. Expert Systems: What are they?
  2. Knowledge Engineering: How is expertise acquired, and how is it embodied in a system?
  3. Examples of Expert Systems:
    • CASNET (glaucoma treatment)
    • ELAS (Earth resources Laboratory Application Software) and how it was applied to petroleum exploration
    • British Steel, Lackenby (process control)
  4. Knowledge Representation and Search: how are these elements integrated in a program?
  5. ACE or the Automated Cable Expert(ise): a profile of the specific diagnostic program within AT&T using artificial intelligence to make decisions regarding telephone cable maintenance. Implemented 1982-83 within the Bell System.
  6. Summary

The following Labs scientists appear in the film:

  • Gregg Vesonder
  • Mitch Marcus
  • Casimir A. Kulikowski
  • Fred Miller
  • Jon Bentley
  • William Gale

Footage Courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

Release date: 02/24/2015

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