Douglas Lenat

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Douglas Lenat

Name: Douglas B. Lenat

Born: 1950

Computer-related contributions

  • CEO of Cycorp, Inc. of Austin, Texas, and has been a prominent researcher in artificial intelligence, especially machine learning (with his Eurisko and AM programs), blackboard systems, knowledge representation, and "ontological engineering" (with his Cyc program at Cycorp and MCC).

Significant publications

  • Knowledge-Based Systems in Artificial Intelligence. (1982).
  • Building Expert Systems. (1983).

Honors and awards

  • IJCAI Computers and Thought Award (1977).
  • One of the original Fellows of the AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence).


"Once you have a truly massive amount of information integrated as knowledge, then the human-software system will be superhuman, in the same sense that mankind with writing is superhuman compared to mankind before writing."