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Embedded Intelligence

Posted: 01 May 2002     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:artificial intelligence  AI  HAL  AI programming 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field that failed under the weight of its own unrealistic expectations and prophecies. Despite four decades of research and development, the year 2001 came and went with no sign of HAL. Yet intelligence has had a big impact on computing. To use just one example, spell checkers were considered amazingly intelligent applications when they first emerged. Now they're ho-hum.

The truth is that real AI programming is far from glamorous. It basically boils down to solving a problem that assumes some "intelligence" by applying efficient search methods to a directed data set. Intelligent methods can be mixed and matched with more traditional procedural methods-no rule says that the techniques are mutually exclusive. Having a working knowledge of proven AI techniques, and knowing when to use them, enable the programmer to add power, elegance, and sophistication to applications.

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