Consider this: Robots will one day be able to write poetry and prose so touching that it will make men weep; compose dozens or even hundreds of symphonies that will rival the work of Mozart; judge a court case with absolute impartiality and fairness; or even converse with the natural ease of your best friend. Robots will one day be so life-like that a human could fall in love and marry one. Thought provoking and controversial? Certainly. Far-fetched? Not at all. David Levy presents the history of Artificial Intelligence, considers recent developments, and speculates about the future of AI. A complete bibliography is available here.
Table of Contents
Part I: An Early History of Artificial Intelligence 1. Early History—Logic, Games and Speech 2. Early History—Robots, Thought, Creativity, Learning and Translation Part II: Fifty Years of Progress 3. How Computers Play Games 4. How Computers Recognize 5. Creative Computers 6. How Computers Think 7. How Computers Communicate 8. Things to Do for Robots Part III: The Next Fifty Years 9. The Exponential Growth of Scientific Achievements 10. Emotion and Love, AI Style 11. Sex and Reproduction, AI Style 12. Robot Consciousness 13. Robot Rights and Ethics