Books  |  ,   |  July 1, 2016

AI: Its Nature and Future

Book by Margaret A. Boden.
Published by Oxford University Press.
156 pages.

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. 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.

  • Decribes how research in artificial intelligence has provided fruitful results in robotics and theoretical biology.
  • Covers the history of the increasingly specialized field of AI, highlighting its successes and looking towards its future.
  • Shows how AI has been valuable in helping to understand the mental processes of memory, learning and language for living creatures.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Margaret Boden 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 (OUP, 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.’