Where's the AI?

Schank, Roger C (1991) Where's the AI? [Departmental Technical Report]

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Four viewpoints about what artificial intelligence is about are surveyed. Schank describes a program exhibiting AI as one that can change as a result of interactions with the user. Such a program would have to process hundreds or thousands of examples as opposed to a handful. Because AI is a machine's attempt to explain the behavior of the (human) system it is trying to model, the ability of a program design to scale up is critical. Researchers need to face the complexities of scaling up to programs that actually serve a purpose. The move from toy domains into concrete ones has three big consequences for the development of AI. First, it will force software designers to face the idiosyncrasies of its users. Second, it will act as an important reality check between the language of the machine, the software, and the user. Third, the scaled-up preograms will become templates for future work.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
ID Code:435
Deposited By: Schank, Roger
Deposited On:23 Apr 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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