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) …
The third international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) was held in Amsterdam, The Netherland, March 12-15, 2008. The theme of HRI-2008, "Living With Robots", highlights the importance of the technical and social issues underlying human-robot interaction with companion and assistive robots for long-term use in everyday life and work activities. More than two hundred and fifty researchers, practitioners, and exhibitors attended the conference, and many more contributed to the conference as authors or reviewers. HRI-2009 will be held in San Diego, California from March 11-13, 2009.
The second international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2007) was held in Arlington, Virginia, March 9-11, 2007. The theme of the conference was "Robot as Team Member" and included posters and paper presentations on teamwork, social robotics, adaptation, observation and metrics, attention, user experience, and field testing. One hundred seventy-five researchers and practitioners attended the conference, and many more contributed to the conference as authors or reviewers. HRI-2008 will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from March 12-15, 2008.
Abecker, Andreas, Alami, Rachid, Baral, Chitta, Bickmore, Tim, Durfee, Ed, Fong, Terry, Goker, Mehmet H., Green, Nancy, Liberman, Mark, Lebiere, Christian, Martin, James H., Mentzas, Gregoris, Musliner, Dave, Nicolov, Nicolas, Nourbakhsh, Illah, Salvetti, Franco, Shapiro, Daniel, Schrekenghost, Debbie, Sheth, Amit, Stojanovic, Ljiljana, SunSpiral, Vytas, Wray, Robert