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Computer-Readable Knowledge


Computer-Readable Knowledge

If I want to find out - say - the atomic number of Strontium, then the Internet offers me a very fast solution, as you will know. Or I could look it up in a book. What I'd like to know is whether there's a computer program where you can type in Strontium and get its atomic number back. Or type in Haiti and get its capital city. Or type in 1977 and get the name of the US president from 1977.

I'm not referring to encyclopedias. You have to sift through information in encyclopedias. I'm talking about just having one input and getting a single fact, that you specify, as output.

This computer-accessible fact database, if it exists, could then be used within other computer programs, so that programs could actually become 'knowledgeable'.

There's no reason why this couldn't be done, so my question is, has it?