Artificial Intelligence articles, Robotics articles, the philosophy and ethics of think machines of fact and fiction.
AI is a very specific term but we can generalise and mean it to include not only actual sentient artificially created machine-life (still very much fiction), but also any thinking machines that appear clever (and are clever!) and robotic imitators of intelligent life (such as AIBO). When you start to think about the definition of intelligence and what makes a sentient being, things start to get blurred. What would make a real dog different from a not far off future AIBO?
Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that involves the study and design of intelligent machines. John McCarthy defined artificial intelligence as the science of creating artificial machines after a conference that took...