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Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Margaret A. Boden

August 2018

ISBN: 9780199602919

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This concise guide explains the history, theory, potential, application, and limitations of Artificial Intelligence. Boden shows how research into AI has shed light on the working of human and animal minds, and she considers the philosophical challenges AI raises: could programs ever be really intelligent, creative or even conscious?

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This concise guide explains the history, theory, potential, application, and limitations of Artificial Intelligence. Boden shows how research into AI has shed light on the working of human and animal minds, and she considers the philosophical challenges AI raises: could programs ever be really intelligent, creative or even conscious?

  • Presents a rounded view of Artificial Intelligence, its history, its successes, its limitations, and its future goals
  • Considers the realistic and unrealistic expectations we have placed on AI
  • Shows how the results of Artificial Intelligence have been valuable in helping to understand the mental processes of memory, learning, and language for living creatures
  • Explores the issues AI raises about what it means to be creative, intelligent, conscious - and human
  • First published in hardback as AI: Its nature and future
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Margaret A. Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex

Margaret Boden, OBE, is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, and one of the best known figures in the field of Artificial Intelligence. She has written extensively on the subject, most recently the two-volume work Mind as Machine: a history of cognitive science (2006). She has lectured widely, to both specialist and general audiences across the world, and has appeared on many radio and TV programmes, in the UK and elsewhere. She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for 'services to cognitive science.'

Table of Contents

    1: What is Artificial Intelligence?
    2: Generality as the Holy Grail
    3: Language, Creativity, Emotion
    4: Artificial Neural Networks
    5: Robots and Artificial Life
    6: But is it Intelligence, Really?
    7: The Singularity
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Review from previous edition Boden's book is an excellent, accessible introduction even for the complete AI novice." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"Boden, as an academic in the field of AI, really knows her stuff, and you get a clear understanding from her book of the various different kinds of AI, and their enduring limitations" - Robert Colvile, The Spectator

"A masterclass of a book" - Barbara Kiser, Nature

"Provides a usefully concise, basic grounding to topics without having to wade through a more voluminous tome." - Jonathan Cowie, Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation

"Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence - a wonderful read." - Jack Copeland, Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing