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1970s

PROSPECTOR computer-based expert system

SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center developed PROSPECTOR for the U.S. Geological Survey to aid geologists in mineral exploration. The system, one of the world’s first computer-based expert systems, attempted to represent the knowledge and reasoning process of geological experts.

Its primary intended use was by an exploration geologist in the early stages of investigating a possible drilling site. PROSPECTOR predicted the existence of a hitherto unknown molybdenum deposit in Washington State.

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