Minsky was an ardent supporter of the Cyc project, the most notorious
failure in the history of AI. e goal of Cyc was to solve AI by
entering into a computer all the necessary knowledge. When the project
began in the 1980s, its leader, Doug Lenat, condently predicted success
within a decade. irty years later, Cyc continues to grow without
end in sight, and commonsense reasoning still eludes it. Ironically,
Lenat has belatedly embraced populating Cyc by mining the web, not
because Cyc can read, but because there’s no other way.