Five years ago Paul Haley expressed his frustrations with production rule technology (to which he was one of the major contributors) because of its inability to perform deduction. He wrote that rule vendors should stop “dressing up a procedural language!” – see his Confessions of a production rule vendor Part 1. Yesterday Paul published Confessions of a production rule vendor Part 2. The bottom line of his article:
It’s time to trade rule technology dating back to the 80’s for state of the art AI.
He shows an interesting timeline of rules and AI for the last 30+ years and emphasizes the following:
- 80’s technology dominates business rules, policy automation, and decision management
- artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) have improved dramatically
- logical reasoning technology has advanced while production rule technology remains stagnant.
We expect to see more discussions about integration of Business Rules and Semantic Web technologies this September in Luxembourg where DecisionCAMP and RuleML+RR will be co-located during Logic for AI Summit.