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) …
Jacobstein, Neil (Teknowledge Corporation)
It is useful to note that many of the reasons why some otherwise meritorious AI applications fail have nothing to do with the AI per se, but rather, with systems engineering and organizational issues. Some embedded AI systems may work well for years on a software platform that is orphaned and porting it would be prohibitively expensive. The delivered application system might work well, but it could be hard to maintain internally. The system may work according to the sponsor's requirements, but it might not be applied to the part of the problem that delivers the largest economic results; or the system might not produce enough visible organizational benefits to protect it in subsequent budget battles.
Jacobstein, Neil, Porter, Bruce
This editorial introduces the articles published in the AI Magazine special issue on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI), based on a selection of papers that appeared in the IAAI-05 conference, which occurred July 9-13 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. IAAI is the premier venue for learning about AI's impact through deployed applications and emerging AI application technologies. The emerging applications track features technologies that are rapidly maturing to the point of application. Three articles from the emerging technology track were particularly innovative and demonstrated some unique technology features ripe for deployment.
Randall W. Hill, Jr., Jacobstein, Neil
We are pleased to publish this special selection of articles from the Sixteenth Annual Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-04), which occurred July 27-29, 2004 in San Jose, California. IAAI is the premier venue for learning about AI's impact through deployed applications and emerging AI technologies. The emerging applications track features technologies that are rapidly maturing to the point of application. The other three articles, which are from the emerging technology track, were selected because they are particularly innovative and show great potential for deployment.