1st Edition

Understanding Artificial Intelligence

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ISBN 9780367524357
November 25, 2020 Forthcoming by Chapman and Hall/CRC
152 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Artificial Intelligence fascinates, challenges and disturbs us. There are many voices in society that predict drastic changes that may come as a consequence of AI – a possible apocalypse or Eden on earth. However, only few people truly understand what Artificial Intelligence is, what it can and what are its limitations.

Understanding Artificial Intelligence explains, through a straight forward narrative and amusing illustrations, how AI works. It is written for a non-specialist reader, adult or adolescent, who is interested in AI, but who is missing the key to understanding how it works. The author demystifies the creation of the so-called “intelligent” machine and explains the different methods that are used in AI. It presents new possibilities offered by algorithms, but also the difficulties that researchers, engineers and users face when building and using such algorithms. Each chapter allows the reader to discover a new aspect of AI and to become fully aware of the possibilities offered by this rich field.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

1      What is artificial intelligence?                                               

2      The Turing Test                                                                     

3      Why is it so difficult?                                                            

4      Let's take a walk in the woods                                            

5      Winning at chess                                                                   

6       The journey continues                                                         

7      Darwin 2.0                                                                              

8      Small but strong                                                                  

9      A bit of tidying up                                                              

10     Taking AI by the hand                                                      

11     Learning to count                                                              

12     Learning to read                                                                

13     Learning as you draw                                                        

14     Winning at GO                                                                   

15     Strong AI                                                                            

16     Is there cause for concern?                                               

17     To infinity and beyond!                                                    

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Nicolas Sabouret is a Doctor in Artificial Intelligence and full Professor in Computer Science at University Paris-Saclay, one of the highest ranked research universities in France. He has been teaching Artificial Intelligence for twenty years to undergraduate students, graduate students, engineers and PhD students. Nicolas has supervised many research projects in this domain. His goal is to help give people the keys to an informed thought on Artificial Intelligence.

Lizete de Assis is a computer scientist and artist. She obtained a Master in Artificial Intelligence. Her knowledge of the field and her stroke allow Lizete to illustrate even the most difficult notions in a simple and diverting manner.