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Artificial Intelligence: A Beginner's Guide

Artificial Intelligence: A Beginner's Guide

by Blay Whitby
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Tomorrow begins right here as we embark on an enthralling and jargon-free journey into the world of computers, microchips, and the human mind. Blay Whitby steers a careful course through this futuristic world, covering everything from insect-like robots to computers that can perform surgery, as he reveals the pervasive impact of Al on our daily lives. Carefully explaining what intelligence is and why it is so difficult to create computers that think for themselves, Whitby clarifies the ethics and debunks the myths surrounding Al to reveal the true potential - and very real limitations - of this pioneering science.

About the Author:
Blay Whitby is a Lecturer on Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851683222
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Series: Beginner's Guides Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     viii
Acknowledgements     xiii
What is Al?     1
Al at work     18
Al and biology     42
Some challenges     68
Al diffuses     94
Present and future trends     112
Bibliography     137
Index     143

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AdonisGuilfoyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Blay Whitby! Does exactly what it says on the cover, explaining the history of artificial intelligence, its current applications (including washing machines and computer games), and a debate over the future of smart machines. Whitby's approach is necessarily - and thankfully - simplified, but never dumbed down. Each chapter includes a suggested reading list, and there is a helpful bibliography covering further sources at the end of the book.