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."
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AI applications have been deployed and used for industrial, government, and consumer purposes for many years. Over the years, the breadth of applications has expanded many times over and AI systems have become more commonplace. Indeed, AI has recently become a focal point in the industrial and consumer consciousness. This article focuses on changes in the world of computing over the last three decades that made building AI applications more feasible.
Smith, Reid G.
The fifth Distributed Artificial Intelligence Workshop was held at the Schlumberger-Doll Research Laboratory from October 14 to 17, 1984. It was attended by 20 participants from academic and industrial institutions. It included brief research reports from individual groups along with general discussion of questions of common interest. This report summarizes the general discussion and contains summaries of group presentations that have been contributed by individual speakers.
Smith, Reid G.
We use our experience with the Dipmeter Advisor system for well-log interpretation as a case study to examine the development of commercial expert system. We argue that the tools and ideas of rapid prototyping and successive refinement accelerate the development process. We note that different types of people are required at different stages of expert system development: Those who are primarily knowledgeable in the domain, but who can use the framework to expand the domain knowledge; and those who can actually design and build expert systems. Finally, we discuss the problem of technology transfer and compare our experience with some of the traditional wisdom of expert system development.
Smith, Reid G., Young, Robert L.
"The Dipmeter Advisor system attempts to emulate human expert performance in an important and specialized oil well-log interpretation task. The system is currently being used in a small number of Schlumberger Field Log Interpretation Centers as an aid to human dipmeter interpreters. In this paper, we describe the problem just enough to establish the vocabulary for discussing the program and the characteristics of the domain. We then present the internal structure of the program and attempt to put it in perspective with respect to first-generation expert systems. We discuss ways in which characteristics of the task domain impose constraints on the design or signal interpretation programs, and attempt to extract knowledge useful to future expert system developers."Proceeding ACM '84 Proceedings of the 1984 annual conference of the ACM on The fifth generation challenge Pages 15 - 23 ACM New York, NY, USA ©1984