Expert System develops software that understands the meaning of written language.
When we talk about the early days of Expert System, we often lead with what has become an inside joke: “we were a start-up but didn’t know it.” As three university colleagues with a dream, we were determined to demonstrate that great software could be created in Italy.
At the time, the convergence of linguistics and technology was something only being talked about in research institutions or academia. There were no start-up incubators or angel investors; we were young and bootstrapping the business with what we had, doing ordinary tech work during the day, and pursuing our vision at night.
After licensing our early technology to Microsoft, we were able to fully extend our vision to developing software that could understand the meaning and context of language. The effort produced one of the first semantic analysis platforms and led to our patented Cogito technology.