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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 (October 30, 2009); eBook (Web Version, Stanford University, 2010)
  • Paperback 580 pages
  • eBook PDF (707 pages, 15.3 MB)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521122937
  • 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.

About the Authors
  • Nils J. Nilsson was an American computer scientist. He was one of the founding researchers in the discipline of artificial intelligence. He is particularly known for his contributions to search, planning, knowledge representation, and robotics.
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