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Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introducion [#575]
Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introducion [#575]
  • 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

The applications of Artificial Intelligence lie all around us; in our homes, schools and offices, in our cinemas, in art galleries and - not least - on the Internet. The results of Artificial Intelligence have been invaluable to biologists, psychologists, and linguists in helping to understand the processes of memory, learning, and language from a fresh angle.

As a concept, Artificial Intelligence has fuelled and sharpened the philosophical debates concerning the nature of the mind, intelligence, and the uniqueness of human beings. In this Very Short Introduction , Margaret A. Boden reviews the philosophical and technological challenges raised by Artificial Intelligence, considering whether programs could ever be really intelligent, creative or even conscious, and shows how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence has helped us to appreciate how human and animal minds are possible.


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
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About the author: 

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.'

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

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

Product details

ISBN : 9780199602919

Margaret A. Boden
208 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
Very Short Introductions
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Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introducion [#575]

Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introducion [#575]

Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introducion [#575]