IN THIS CHAPTER
Defining AI and its history
Using AI for practical tasks
Seeing through AI hype
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.