If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Anand, Sarabjot Singh, Bahls, Daniel, Burghart, Catherina R., Burstein, Mark, Chen, Huajun, Collins, John, Dietterich, Tom, Doyle, Jon, Drummond, Chris, Elazmeh, William, Geib, Christopher, Goldsmith, Judy, Guesgen, Hans W., Hendler, Jim, Jannach, Dietmar, Japkowicz, Nathalie, Junker, Ulrich, Kaminka, Gal A., Kobsa, Alfred, Lang, Jerome, Leake, David B., Lewis, Lundy, Ligozat, Gerard, Macskassy, Sofus, McDermott, Drew, Metzler, Ted, Mobasher, Bamshad, Nambiar, Ullas, Nie, Zaiqing, Orsvarn, Klas, O'Sullivan, Barry, Pynadath, David, Renz, Jochen, Rodriguez, Rita V., Roth-Berghofer, Thomas, Schulz, Stefan, Studer, Rudi, Wang, Yimin, Wellman, Michael
The AAAI-07 workshop program was held Sunday and Monday, July 22-23, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The program included the following thirteen workshops: (1) Acquiring Planning Knowledge via Demonstration; (2) Configuration; (3) Evaluating Architectures for Intelligence; (4) Evaluation Methods for Machine Learning; (5) Explanation-Aware Computing; (6) Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction; (7) Intelligent Techniques for Web Personalization; (8) Plan, Activity, and Intent Recognition; (9) Preference Handling for Artificial Intelligence; (10) Semantic e-Science; (11) Spatial and Temporal Reasoning; (12) Trading Agent Design and Analysis; and (13) Information Integration on the Web.
Blake, Brian, Haigh, Karen, Hexmoor, Henry, Falcone, Rino, Soh, Leen-Kiat, Baral, Chitta, McIlraith, Sheila, Gmytrasiewicz, Piotr, Parsons, Simon, Malaka, Rainer, Krueger, Antonio, Bouquet, Paolo, Smart, Bill, Kurumantani, Koichi, Pease, Adam, Brenner, Michael, desJardins, Marie, Junker, Ulrich, Delgrande, Jim, Doyle, Jon, Rossi, Francesca, Schaub, Torsten, Gomes, Carla, Walsh, Toby, Guo, Haipeng, Horvitz, Eric J., Ide, Nancy, Welty, Chris, Anger, Frank D., Guegen, Hans W., Ligozat, Gerald
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) presented the AAAI-02 Workshop Program on Sunday and Monday, 28-29 July 2002 at the Shaw Convention Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The AAAI-02 workshop program included 18 workshops covering a wide range of topics in AI. The workshops were Agent-Based Technologies for B2B Electronic-Commerce; Automation as a Caregiver: The Role of Intelligent Technology in Elder Care; Autonomy, Delegation, and Control: From Interagent to Groups; Coalition Formation in Dynamic Multiagent Environments; Cognitive Robotics; Game-Theoretic and Decision-Theoretic Agents; Intelligent Service Integration; Intelligent Situation-Aware Media and Presentations; Meaning Negotiation; Multiagent Modeling and Simulation of Economic Systems; Ontologies and the Semantic Web; Planning with and for Multiagent Systems; Preferences in AI and CP: Symbolic Approaches; Probabilistic Approaches in Search; Real-Time Decision Support and Diagnosis Systems; Semantic Web Meets Language Resources; and Spatial and Temporal Reasoning.
I compare the big problems studied in artificial intelligence and related fields in order to understand some major changes -- both internal and external -- recently suffered by AI. The comparison finds AI with few problems to call its own, and I identify some further major changes that may occur soon.
Knowledge engineers qualified to build expert systems are currently in short supply. The production of useful and trustworthy expert systems can be significantly increased by pursing the idea of articulate apprenticeship independent of computer implementations. Making theoretical progress in artificial intelligence should also help.
While some proposals for supercomputers increase the powers of existing machines like CDC and Cray supercomputers, others suggest radical changes of architecture to speed up non-traditional operations such as logical inference in PROLOG, recognition/ action in production systems, or message passing. We examine the case of parallel PROLOG to identify several related computations which subsume those of parallel PROLOG, but which have much wider interest, and which may have roughly the same difficulty of mechanization. Similar considerations apply to some other proposed architectures as well, raising the possibility that current efforts may be limiting their aims unnecessarily.