Compact guide to the latest advances in this new scientific field.
Artificial Intelligence is not just a fictional concept: it is a scientific field which we have yet to fully discover. But how far away are we exactly from creating an ideal artificial intelligence? And how should we go about building an intelligent machine? Consciousness and environment are two of the most deeply complex problems encountered in this search. But perhaps the most important question of all is, when all of these problems have been solved, what kind of machine will we be left with? Introducing Artificial Intelligence clearly explains the advances made over the past half-century, from Alan Turing's influential groundwork to cutting-edge robotics and the New AI.
Henry Brighton is a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He has a PHD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, where he also received a BSc. in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.
Howard Selina studied painting at St. Martin's School of Art and the Royal Academy in London, where he now lives and works. He has also illustrated Introducing titles on Evolution and Consciousness.