Gary Hendrix discusses in some detail his interest in natural language analysis and machine translations. He covers a number of his Artificial Intelligence related projects at SRI International. He describes how he and 15 other SRI employees formed the Machine Intelligence Corporation and the reasons why it didn't succeed. He then goes into starting Symantec, how it was financed and the problems of having too many Ph.D.'s and the difficulties of trying to bring a more production-oriented approach to its offerings. He discusses Symantec's initial products, its organization and its transformation into a publicly-held systems utilities company. This oral history ends with Gary Hendrix leaving Symantec in 1991.
Software business history; Hendrix, Gary; Artificial intelligence (AI); Natural language translation; Chomsky, Noam; Expert systems; Systems Research Institute (SRI); Semantic grammers; Waltz, David; LADDER System; Symantic Corporation; Rosen, Charlie; Roball; Sacerdoti, Earl; Machine Intelligence Corporation; Lash, Arthur; Shanck, Steve; Doerr, John; Kleiner Perkins; Rayburn, Vern; Rosenthal, Robert; C & E Software; Coleman, Denis; Eubanks, Gordon; Q&A; 4 Word; Breakthrough Software; Timeline; Think Technologies; Byers, Tom; Walter, Brett; Norton, Peter