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Local firm awarded key artificial-intelligence patent

Digital Reasoning Systems has been awarded a U.S. patent covering technology that enables intelligent machines to understand the meaning of terms and symbols found in the context of unstructured data, including natural human language.

“Understanding the subtle meaning of terms in context has been one of the ‘Holy Grails’ of artificial intelligence,” founder and CEO Tim Estes of Brentwood-based DRS said in a release.

Estes described the new patent as “very valuable real estate.” He predicted the patented technology will lead to machines that can “learn language much the way that children do… The implications for search engines, machine translation, and most knowledge-centric applications are immense.”

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