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The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements
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  • Title The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements
  • Author(s) Nils J. Nilsson
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2009), eBook (Stanford University, 2010)
  • Paperback 578 pages
  • eBook Online, PDF, 707 pages, 15.3 MB
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557148596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521122931
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Book Description

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field within computer science that is attempting to build enhanced intelligence into computer systems.

This book traces the history of the subject, from the early dreams of eighteenth-century (and earlier) pioneers to the more successful work of today's AI engineers. AI is becoming more and more a part of everyone's life. The technology is already embedded in face-recognizing cameras, speech-recognition software, Internet search engines, and health-care robots, among other applications. The book's many diagrams and easy-to-understand descriptions of AI programs will help the casual reader gain an understanding of how these and other AI systems actually work. Its thorough (but unobtrusive) end-of-chapter notes containing citations to important source materials will be of great use to AI scholars and researchers.

This book promises to be the definitive history of a field that has captivated the imaginations of scientists, philosophers, and writers for centuries.

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