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Artificial Intelligence evokes startling visions of robot-driven future, providing inspiration for writer, directorsa and artists from Frank Baun to Arthur C Clarke. But what is Artificial intelligence, and what can it really do?
This incisive new introduction to today¯s hottest topics debunks the myths surrounding AI to reveal the true potential - and very real limitations - of this futuristic science. Author Blay Whitby steers a steady course through the technical minefield, carefully explaining:
What is ¯intelligence¯? Neurology, the brain and computers
From data-mining to fraud detection: AI and business
How should we use AI? Philosophy and ethics
Tomorrow begins right here as, embarking on an entralling journey into only the computer world, but also the inner recesses of the human mind, readers encounter everything from insect-like robots to champion chess computers, in addition to discovering the controveries that dog the field of AI
About the Author
Blay Whitly is Lecturer in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the , . He has taught AI for nearly two decades, and his research focuses on the social and ethical implications of new technology. He is the author of two books and numerous papers, is editor of ¯s foremost AI journal, and a regular commentator on this subject for the media.
Table of Contents
What is AI?
What AI is
What AI is not
AI methods and tools
What is the ultimate goal of AI?
The Turing test
Is the Turing test the ultimate goal of AI?
AI at work
Some glittering successes
Searching for solutions
The power of knowledge
Is knowledge the key to intelligence?
Diamonds in the data
AI and biology
Inspiration from brains
What can artificial neural nets do?
Me artificial neural nets the key to intelligence
Learning from evolution - genetic algorithms
A (literary) example
Why not just evolve intelligence?
What does the robot need to know?
Trapped in the Chinese Room?
What machines can¯t do
The ¯yes, . .. but question¯
What about the Turing test?
What about consciousness?
What¯s intelligence then?
Present and future trends
The social effects of AI
The social effects of AI technology
Will robots rule the world?
AI and art
What¯s going on now?
Virtual girlfriends and artificial companions