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Knowledge: What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Dave Touretzky edited this page Jul 3, 2018 · 3 revisions

Students should know that:

  1. Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science.

  2. Artificial intelligence is concerned with getting computers to do things that normally require human intelligence, such as understanding language or driving a car.

  3. Artificial intelligence has several subdisciplines, including:

  • Computer vision
  • Speech recognition
  • Machine learning
  • Natural language understanding
  • Knowledge representation
  • Planning / optimization
  • Game playing
  • Automated reasoning / theorem proving
  • Robotics
  1. Artificial intelligence has had great success in narrow domains such as chess, but computers are not yet capable of the kind of general intelligence that humans exhibit.
  • Computers do not yet "think" the way people do. Whether they ever will is an unsettled question.
  • Today's robots typically include some forms of artificial intelligence, but they are not conscious or self-aware. Robots with human-like intelligence exist today only in science fiction stories.
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