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Systems that think like humans. Systems that think rationally. Systems that act like humans. Systems that act rationally. The recent Westworld TV series is a powerful case in point. While it might not be entirely uncontroversial to assert that the four bins given here are exhaustive, such an assertion appears to be quite plausible, even when the literature up to the present moment is canvassed.
The clearest case may come from the work on planning — an AI area traditionally making central use of representation and reasoning.
For good or ill, much of this research is done in abstraction in vitro, as opposed to in vivobut the researchers involved certainly intend or at least hope that the results of their work can be embedded into systems that actually do things, such as, for example, execute the plans.
What about Russell and Norvig themselves? What is their answer to the What is AI? We will look a bit later at how Russell and Norvig lay out all of AI in terms of intelligent agents, which are systems that act in accordance with various ideal standards for rationality.
We can do so by turning to Russell More specifically, Russell sees AI as the field devoted to building intelligent agents, which are functions taking as input tuples of percepts from the external environment, and producing behavior actions on the basis of these percepts.
In the case of chess, this would mean that we strive to write a program that runs an algorithm capable, in principle, of finding a flawless move, but we add features that truncate the search for this move in order to play within intervals of digestible duration. We say that agents have two components: For example, machines can be identified with Turing machines minus instructions i.
In other words, you could strive to find the optimal program within the bounds of the state architecture. This project is at least currently hopelessly difficult as, obviously, we are nowhere near to having such a comprehensive theory-of-everything model.
For further discussion of a theoretical architecture put forward for this problem, see the Supplement on the AIXI architecture.
This answer, which goes back to the days of the original Dartmouth conference, was expressed by, among others, Newellone of the grandfathers of modern-day AI recall that he attended the conference ; it is: Though few are aware of this now, this answer was taken quite seriously for a while, and in fact underlied one of the most famous programs in the history of AI: An attempt to rigorously define this forgotten form of AI as what they dub Psychometric AIand to resurrect it from the days of Newell and Evans, is provided by Bringsjord and Schimanski [see also e.
Vibrant work in this direction continues today at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. In the end, as is the case with any discipline, to really know precisely what that discipline is requires you to, at least to some degree, dive in and do, or at least dive in and read.
Two decades ago such a dive was quite manageable. Today, because the content that has come to constitute AI has mushroomed, the dive or at least the swim after it is a bit more demanding. By far the most prudent and productive way to summarize the field is to turn yet again to the AIMA text given its comprehensive overview of the field.
The main unifying theme is the idea of an intelligent agent.
We define AI as the study of agents that receive percepts from the environment and perform actions. Impressionistic Overview of an Intelligent Agent The content of AIMA derives, essentially, from fleshing out this picture; that is, the above figure corresponds to the different ways of representing the overall function that intelligent agents implement.
And there is a progression from the least powerful agents up to the more powerful ones. The following figure gives a high-level view of a simple kind of agent discussed early in the book. Though simple, this sort of agent corresponds to the architecture of representation-free agents designed and implemented by Rodney Brooks, A Simple Reflex Agent As the book progresses, agents get increasingly sophisticated, and the implementation of the function they represent thus draws from more and more of what AI can currently muster.
The following figure gives an overview of an agent that is a bit smarter than the simple reflex agent. This smarter agent has the ability to internally model the outside world, and is therefore not simply at the mercy of what can at the moment be directly sensed.
As the reader passes through these parts, she is introduced to agents that take on the powers discussed in each part.
Part I is an introduction to the agent-based view. Part II is concerned with giving an intelligent agent the capacity to think ahead a few steps in clearly defined environments. Examples here include agents able to successfully play games of perfect information, such as chess.The EOQ with Uncertain Demand: the (r, q) and (s, S models).
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