A fascinating "must-read" that traces the quest for artificial intelligence back to ancient times, and then proceeds though various current topics with readable explanations and lively interview excerpts. Updated in 2004.] '"This twenty-fifth anniversary edition [of 2004] will contain a lengthy afterword.... It will also have two time lines, one where the history of AI is narrowly construed, and another where AI is cast into a far larger context of human endeavor...."
See her AI FAQ Collection. Questions include:
- How long has the human race dreamed about thinking machines?
- What does it mean that a machine beat Garry Kasparov, the world's chess champion?
- Artificial intelligence - is it real?
- What so-called smart computers do -- is that really thinking?
- But doesn't that mean our own machines will replace us?
- Shouldn't we just say no to intelligent machines? Aren't the risks too scary?
- What's ahead as AI succeeds even more?