An introduction to the Foundation
The need for an organization to disseminate information on the work of George Boole and of the evolution in practical applications arising from his work is important for the following reasons:
The advancing significance of decision analysis
|1. Boole's method of reduction used in the design of electrical circuits has endured for over 75 years. Even today the efficient design of smaller and higher performance circuits still relies upon Boolean logic and the process of Boolean reduction.|
2. The interest in 5th Generation computers, expert systems and knowledge based engineering during the 1980s served to expose the foresight of George Boole. George Boole originally identified his calculus and mathematical logic as a result of having set out to explain how humans use knowledge of relationships to take decisions on the basis of a deductive process. Boole had sought to work out how people think and how they infer and arrive at conclusions under circumstances of varying probabilities of events. This provided the main foundation for modern decision analysis and artificial intelligence.
As decisions become more complex with globalization and the accelerating pace at which decisions need to be taken, the quality of decision analysis has become something of vital importance. Boole's seminal work provides the essential foundation for the application of digital devices in deduction and decision analysis through expert systems and knowledge engineering. Boole's contribution is important to any process where decision-making aims to reduce the use of resources, to lower costs and minimize the risks of achieving objectives from complex miniature circuit design to environmental protection.
In spite of George Boole's vitally important work there is no national institution established in his honour which disseminates information on his contributions as well as assist industry, governance and society as a whole, take full advantage of the benefits to be derived from the broader application of decision analysis where the central operational functions make use of Boolean Logic. The George Boole Foundation aims to establish an Institute which will carry the name of George Boole to commemorate his contribution as well as promote and disseminate useful information on his work. In order to achieve this the George Boole Foundation has launched and manages the following activities:
- Online, fee-based services designed to improve the performance of users
- Passing on the proceeds from the online service income to support the establishment of The George Boole Institute by 2018 or thereabouts
- Continue to manage the Decision Analysis Initiative and in particular the Open Quality Standards Intiative as well as extension, training, seminars, workshops & demonstrations
- Continue the work of The Boolean Society (publication series)
Details on the complementary role of each of these activities can be found under The GB Institute Appeal
. Information on the opportunities to benefit from the use of online services can be found in the section with the menu title Online services