Chapter 1

Introducing AI

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Defining AI and its history

check Using AI for practical tasks

check Seeing through AI hype

check Connecting AI with computer technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has had several false starts and stops over the years, partly because people don’t really understand what AI is all about, or even what it should accomplish. A major part of the problem is that movies, television shows, and books have all conspired to give false hopes as to what AI will accomplish. In addition, the human tendency to anthropomorphize (give human characteristics to) technology makes it seem as if AI must do more than it can hope to accomplish. So, the best way to start this book is to define what AI actually is, what it isn’t, and how it connects to computers today.

remember Of course, the basis for what you expect from AI is a combination of how you define AI, the technology you have for implementing AI, and the goals you have for AI. Consequently, everyone sees AI differently. This book ...

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