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) …
ICAIL 2013: The Fourteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law Abstract The 14th International Conference on AI and Law (ICAIL 2013) was held in Rome, Italy, June 10-14, 2013. The 14th International Conference on AI and Law (ICAIL 2013) was held in Rome, Italy, June 10-14, 2013.
In the literature on reasoning on the basis of evidence, two traditions exist: one argument-based, and one based on narratives. Recently, we have proposed a hybrid perspective in which argumentation and narratives are combined. This formalized hybrid theory has been tested in a sense-making software prototype for criminal investigators and decision makers. In the present paper, we elaborate on the role of commonsense knowledge. We argue that two kinds of knowledge are essential: argumentation schemes and story schemes. We discuss some of the research issues that need to be addressed.