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A Match Made in Space

To prevent the highly complex Reaction Control System engines from malfunctioning during space shuttle flights, and to provide a diagnosis if such a mishap were to occur, NASA turned to a method of artificial intelligence that truly defied the traditional laws of computer science. Dr. Michael Georgeff, the inventor of the radical methodology, is among the world's leading experts in the research and application of artificial intelligence. He assisted NASA by developing the first intelligent agent" software system to ever go into space. This system had its own goals and beliefs and could pursue these goals and beliefs and then determine how it wanted to achieve them in much the same way that humans do. Essentially a computer equipped with this intelligent agent software could make decisions and deal with problems through a human-like power of reasoning. Should a first attempt at a solution fail it takes into account alternative solutions rather than it having to depend on a constrained preprogrammed set of parameters that only leads to one attempted solution-as most conventional computers do. By furnishing a computer with a human-like power of reasoning it ultimately assumes human-like logic and behavioral traits. This real-time reasoning and control software was first used to monitor Discovery's Reaction Control System and its engines in 1997. In 1998 the intelligent agent software came down to Earth to improve the operation of a different kind of engine: an online matchmaking search engine. Founded in 1998 and incorporated in 2000 weAttract.com Inc. combines scientific and mathematical innovations to enhance human relationships. The concepts that Georgeff developed for NASA are at the core of the company's computerized matchmaking technology."
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