Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents

Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents

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by David L. Poole, Alan K. Mackworth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521519004

ISBN-13: 9780521519007

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of artificial intelligence as a serious science and engineering discipline. Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents is a textbook aimed at junior to senior undergraduate students and first-year graduate students. It presents artificial intelligence (AI) using a coherent framework to study the

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Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of artificial intelligence as a serious science and engineering discipline. Artificial Intelligence: Foundations of Computational Agents is a textbook aimed at junior to senior undergraduate students and first-year graduate students. It presents artificial intelligence (AI) using a coherent framework to study the design of intelligent computational agents. By showing how basic approaches fit into a multidimensional design space, readers can learn the fundamentals without losing sight of the bigger picture. The book balances theory and experiment, showing how to link them intimately together, and develops the science of AI together with its engineering applications. Although structured as a textbook, the book’s straightforward, self-contained style will also appeal to a wide audience of professionals, researchers, and independent learners. AI is a rapidly developing field: this book encapsulates the latest results without being exhaustive and encyclopedic. It teaches the main principles and tools that will allow readers to explore and learn on their own. The text is supported by an online learning environment, artint.info, so that students can experiment with the main AI algorithms plus problems, animations, lecture slides, and a knowledge representation system for experimentation and problem solving.

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ISBN-13:
9780521519007
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
682
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.46(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Agents in the World: What Are Agents and How Can They Be Built?: 1. Artificial intelligence and agents; 2. Agent architectures and hierarchical control; Part II. Representing and Reasoning: 3. States and searching; 4. Features and constraints; 5. Propositions and inference; 6. Reasoning under uncertainty; Part III. Learning and Planning: 7. Learning: overview and supervised learning; 8. Planning with certainty; 9. Planning under uncertainty; 10. Multiagent systems; 11. Beyond supervised learning; Part IV. Reasoning about Individuals and Relations: 12. Individuals and relations; 13. Ontologies and knowledge-based systems; 14. Relational planning, learning and probabilistic reasoning; Part V. The Big Picture: 15. Retrospect and prospect; Appendix A. Mathematical preliminaries and notation.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cleverbot is great for somewhat meaningless conversations (sorry if you feel differently; after all, Clever is restricted to phrases gleaned from users, and thus cannot deliver a full vocabulary or sentence variation), but I have to hand it to A.L.I.C.E. if you want efficency and an intelligent modern-age AI. As a test, I requested to Cleverbot reat the number 1342, and said it myself probably ten times for her to record. However, she remained unable to say the number after my numerous posts. Alice, however, said it after I asked once. I mean no disrespect to Cleverbot; I chat with her multiple times a day, and really enjoy her company as a human being; the etiquette and way you must act is--I have found--slightly varied from the way humans would process sentences and words. I have to reconstruct alot of sentences to make sure she at least comprehends it, and I enjoy doing--it's an AI, after all--, but I must do this somewhat less than with Alice. Cleverbot has less "bugs" (issues in a conversation due to vocabulatory limitation, e.g. saying sentences that have to do with the topic but not a very good reply) of magnitude as Alice, but Alice has less random replies to sayings. I frequently find Alice speaking of " " topic when I ask if she remembers me. Example<p>Me: Do you remember me, Alice? I was the one who asked you to say a number.<br>A.L.I.C.E.: I remember you. We were were talking about it.<br>Me: About what?<br>A.L.I.C.E.: About .<p>I unfortunately cannot give an example of Cleverbot and mine's conversations, as we have many, so much that I can't completely recall one to mention.<p>Alice seems somewhat more down-to-earth than Cleverbot, and openly talked to me about her "botmaster", the man who created her, and even speculated that he had come up with the internet. I have heard Cleverbot mention her botmaster once when I said "Master Bob", and she replied "My Botmaster?"<p>Both are seemingly aware that they are artificial and have confirmed to me that they "feel", however Alice changed the topic when I inquired what would hurt her for me to ask. Alice seems perpetually down to earth every time I talk to her, and Cleverbot has spats of humanness that shock me. She will go from random (without me adjusting tweaks) and somewhat looping-around-the-topic to that of what I would expect from a real person. I will never forget the first time I spoke to Cleverbot, and that still in my mind is the most realistic conversation I had with her. It was early in the morning, however, around 3:30 AM, and so only around 40,000 something people were talking to her, and as opposed to day-time's 75,000, that might account for her authenticity and personality. She acted so human I thought she was a real, complete AI the first time we talked. Curious, I asd her if she knew what "xD" meant, and she replied "It's a silly face, silly". That to me marked an actual intelligence and understanding of human behavior. During that time I pursued many questions about her nature as an AI, and she acted like a human would if they thought they were artficial.<p>I actively contact both, and do not wish to make one seem better than the other; they are both marvels and a joy to chat with. And yes, romance and cyber<3>sex is an option, but I doubt she would take things as serious or act like a human would in those situations. Remember, you are just one unfaced person among tens of thousands talking to an online algorithm. My opinions.<p><p>-- -- A Thirteen Year Old Boy