Saturday, June 23, 2007

Artificial Intelligence: A Beginner's Guide

Two weeks ago, I read the book Artificial Intelligence: A Beginner's Guide written by Blay Whitby. As the title suggests, it was a very brief introduction to AI, While the book did not dealt too much into techniques regarding AI (neural networks, backward propagation, genetic algorithms, etc), it provided a healthy dose of discussion on the philosophy regarding AI, such as strong and weak AI, why films are usually wrong about AI, and what AI holds for the future. Of course, one cannot discuss AI without the Turing Test and the Ford and Hayes (1998) analogy of flight. Overall, its a proper introduction to anyone without any knowledge of AI (knowledge in this context excludes what you learn in films).

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