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The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has made substantial progress in moving from the research laboratory to practical commercial applications. This issue of the Systems Journal focuses on those applications of AI known as knowledge-based systems. These applications allow computer systems to deliver to users a degree of automatic reasoning. Although such reasoning was difficult to implement and update in past systems using traditional software a p proaches, tools and techniques now exist to allow a knowledge base to be more easily created and exercised to provide a range of beneficial applications
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