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 goal of the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) conference is to highlight new, innovative, systems and application areas of AI technology and to point out the often-overlooked difficulties involved in deploying complex technology to end users. Those of us who have ventured out of the realm of pure research and tried to build applications to be used by our fellow humans realize that it takes a lot more than just brilliant algorithms to make an application survive in the real world. Each application that succeeds is worth celebrating and the teams behind them are due wholehearted congratulations. It is in this spirit that we bring you this special issue covering select applications from the IAAI conference held last year in Chicago.
In this editorial we introduce the articles published in this special AI Magazine issue on innovative applications of artificial intelligence. Discussed are a pick-pack-and-ship warehouse-management system, a neural network in the fishing industry, the use of AI to help mobile phone users, building business rules in the mortgage lending business, automating the processing of immigration forms, and the use of the semantic web to provide access to observational datasets.
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