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) …
Civica has announced that it has signed a five-year contract with two of Victoria's metropolitan libraries: Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (ERLC) and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries (YPRL). Under the contracts, each library will implement Civica's Spydus library management system (LMS), which will allow them to deliver services such as book and e-resources lending, community classes, research services, and improve staff communication. ERLC CEO Jospeh Cullen explained how LMS would eliminate the need for separate products in maintaining business processes, such as staff rostering. "Our current product does not offer the same API integration with third-party best-of-breed products, or our own in-house developed catalogue interface and computer booking system. The [Spydus] platform will allow fuller integration with best of breed products like Overdrive and other e-content providers, events' bookings, our RFID self-checkout kiosks, and OptimoRoute," he told ZDNet.
The paper describes aHUGIN, a tool for creating adaptive systems. aHUGIN is an extension of the HUGIN shell, and is based on the methods reported by Spiegelhalter and Lauritzen (1990a). The adaptive systems resulting from aHUGIN are able to adjust the C011ditional probabilities in the model. A short analysis of the adaptation task is given and the features of aHUGIN are described. Finally a session with experiments is reported and the results are discussed.