Ai: The Tumultuous History of the Search for Artificial Intelligence

Crevier, Daniel

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Synopsis: In the summer of 1956, a group of young scientists sat down to consider the astounding proposition that "every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can, in principle, be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it." Armed with their own enthusiasm, the excitement of the idea itself, and lots of government money, they predicted that the whole range of human intelligence would be programmable within their own lifetimes. Nearly half a century later, the field has grown tenfold - with mixed results. Based on extensive interviews with the major players in the history of artificial intelligence, including Marvin Minsky, Herbert Simon, Alan Newell, Raj Reddy and Patrick Winston, this book chronicles their successes, from robotics to world-class chess playing and, equally, their failures. With anecdotes about the founders and leaders and their celebrated feuds and intellectual gamesmanship, the book also discusses the next necessary breakthrough - teaching computers "common sense".

Review: Perhaps no venture in the history of computing has produced so many high hopes and attracted so many brilliant minds, yet produced so many daunting failures as the quest for artificial intelligence. Daniel Crevier' fascinating and deeply researched history of the AI traces the search for machine intelligence from the optimistic first experiments of the mid 1950s, through the classic projects of the next two decades, on to the mixed fortunes of the commercial AI ventures that began in the 1980s. In addition to being a history of an intellectual field, it's a portrait gallery of the brilliant and often eccentric people who built it. Crevier's discussion does not demand a programming background, yet takes the reader deeply into theoretical issues that make us ponder the phenomenon of human intelligence.

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