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The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field within computer science that is attempting to build enhanced intelligence into computer systems. This book traces the history of the subject, from the early dreams of eighteenth-century (and earlier) pioneers to the more successful work of today's AI engineers. AI is becoming more and more a part of everyone's life. The technology is ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published October 30th 2009)
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book!

I got an interest in AI from reading Kevin Warwick's excellent book "Artifical Intelligence- The Basics" and this book highlights the history of the movement and builds from there. If you dig programming, cognitive science and philosophy then this book could be the book for you.

It's so easy to read! There's also some humorous anecdotes. For example, the US in the 80's was terrified of a much publicized Japanese push into AI and invested heavily in AI systems for its army
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cs
A sweet informal history of AI research from a Stanford doyen. In places it is actually oral history -
...Jack was the Director of DARPA from 1987 to 1989 and presided over some cutbacks in AI research (including the cancellation of one of my own research projects)

Like any history, the history of computing is full of little myths - e.g. that Lovelace was the first programmer, that von Neumann originated stored-program memory, that ENIAC was the first true computer, that hardware and softwar
Jon Gauthier
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction to the history of artificial intelligence.

I figure as an AI practitioner I ought to know the history of my field, so I picked up this book last month.

I found this useful in understanding the long-term historical trends of AI, and also in collecting general paper references for AI.
(I have a nice reading list with books and papers for understanding more deeply now!)
Mukesh K
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
and the quest continues ..
Simon Scotting
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science
This book was recommended in OC Devel's Maching Learning Guide podcast series ( I liked the idea of understanding the history of AI in general, and ML in particular.

However, this book was a drag to read. The sentences are crammed with too many words. A ruthless editing would help synthesis the progress into a readable narrative. Instead, this book felt bloated and dry. Most of the history of AI is like the evolution of molecular biology, with new operating systems poppi
Henry Cooksley
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The best book I have come across on the history of artificial intelligence. Tells a reasonably coherent story of AI without getting lost in biographical detail, i.e. it sticks to the ideas where possible. I'm looking forward to being able to re-read this once I've learned more about the subject, e.g. the Russell and Norvig textbook (which is referenced constantly throughout).

Not much I can fault it for except with the pace of the field being so fast it urgently needs a 10-year anniversary update
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bima Sahbani
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting introduction into AI history, worth to read
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have just become an immediate fan of AI and the AI world we're moving toward, warts and all. But I'm a fan because I think it's inevitable. This was a life-changing read. ...more
Muhammad al-Khwarizmi
Breezy read and, at that, very much full of pointers to the past, present and future of artificial intelligence. I was very pleased to learn about MIT's Common Sense Computing Initiative, especially given that they have released freely reusable software libraries that drive their work. Hope to find out more about "hierarchical" approaches to artificial intelligence, as the author calls them, such as the work being done at Numenta. Information on these projects has been hard to come by but now I ...more
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