The following is an excerpt from the book I’ve been working on for the better part of a year. I may or may not finish it (as is both my prerogative and my style), but recent discussions elsewhere have prompted me to post this here, for the time being.
What it is:
Artificial Intelligence is a complicated topic, and as such the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence is equally complicated. A complicated pursuit of complexity, one could say. So what then is Artificial Intelligence?
It does us little good to provide a single definition, as there are many.
- The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.
- An area of computer science that deals with giving machines the ability to seem like they have human intelligence.
- The capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior.
Or, from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence: “the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.”