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) …
Burns, Gully (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California) | Gil, Yolanda (Information Sciences Institute and Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California) | Liu, Yan (University of Southern California) | Villanueva-Rosales, Natalia (University of Texas at El Paso) | Risi, Sebastian (University of Copenhagen) | Lehman, Joel (University of Texas at Austin) | Clune, Jeff (University of Wyoming) | Lebiere, Christian (Carnegie Mellon University) | Rosenbloom, Paul S. (University of Southern California) | Harmelen, Frank van (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) | Hendler, James A. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) | Hitzler, Pascal (Wright State University) | Janowic, Krzysztof (University of California, Santa Barbara) | Swarup, Samarth (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence was pleased to present the 2013 Fall Symposium Series, held Friday through Sunday, November 15–17, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia near Washington DC USA. The titles of the five symposia were as follows: Discovery Informatics: AI Takes a Science-Centered View on Big Data (FS-13-01); How Should Intelligence be Abstracted in AI Research: MDPs, Symbolic Representations, Artificial Neural Networks, or --? The highlights of each symposium are presented in this report.
Interactive simulation environments constitute one of today's promising emerging technologies, with applications in areas such as education, manufacturing, entertainment, and training. These environments are also rich domains for building and investigating intelligent automated agents, with requirements for the integration of a variety of agent capabilities but without the costs and demands of low-level perceptual processing or robotic control. Our current target is intelligent automated pilots for battlefield-simulation environments. This article provides an overview of this domain and project by analyzing the challenges that automated pilots face in battlefield simulations, describing how TacAir-Soar is successfully able to address many of them -- TacAir-Soar pilots have already successfully participated in constrained air-combat simulations against expert human pilots -- and discussing the issues involved in resolving the remaining research challenges.
Laird, John E., Rosenbloom, Paul S.
Allen Newell was one of the founders and truly great scientists of AI. His contributions included foundational concepts and ground-breaking systems. His career was defined by the pursuit of a single, fundamental issue: the nature of the human mind. This article traces his pursuit from his early work on search and list processing in systems such as the LOGIC THEORIST and the GENERAL PROBLEM SOLVER; through his work on problem spaces, human problem solving, and production systems; through his final work on unified theories of cognition and SOAR.