In the call for papers for this special section, we looked back to 1993 when a workshop at the SEG Annual Meeting explored the future of seismic interpretation. Much like today, it was a time of cheap oil and significant corporate downsizing. The industry was also in the midst of a dramatic restructuring of professional work, transitioning rapidly from 2D to 3D surveys, and from paper to computer workstations. The volume of data was exploding. Integration and multidisciplinary teams were becoming common themes in the industry. Among the many predictions of the workshop participants was that artificial intelligence would be...

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