Artificial Intelligence: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld Beginners' Guides) Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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This is a clear and level- headed approach to the subject, it provides a readable account of where AI research is today and makes it clear what AI is not. --Professor Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield.
Whitby's book is exciting, informative and up-to-date. This book is a 'must' for anyone who wants to find out about AI. --Margaret Boden, University of Sussex.
"This is a clear and level- headed approach to the subject, it provides a readable account of where AI research is today and makes it clear what AI is not."(Professor Noel Sharkey - Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Shef)
"Whitby's book is exciting, informative and up-to-date. This book is a 'must' for anyone who wants to find out about AI."(Margaret Boden - Research Professor and founding-Dean of Sussex University's School of Cognitive and)
"Mercifully code-free, the Beginner's Guide is careful, critical, and affords a balanced and accessible entry-point into this complex and often misunderstood field."(Andrew Clark - Professor of Philosophy and Chair holder in Logic and Metaphysics at the University o)
"I've long wished there was a clear, concise, comprehensive and infectiously enthusiastic text on aritificial intelligence that I could point to and say, 'read this and you will understand.' This is that book. Read it and you will understand."(Steve Grand - author of 'Creation: Life and How to Make it) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product description
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Also, the author does tend to spend too much time discussing the, 'subject of AI', as a discipline (i.e. competing factions, historical background etc), rather than AI itself - a subtle but important distinction and a bit of a mistake considering the previously mentioned brevity of the work. I suppose this is because, as is pointed out by the author, there is no one theory of AI that everyone is working on, but it's still a bit snooze inducing for dilettantes like you and me, people who just want to know the answers and not necessarily the problems. It's a bit like reading a book about Astronomy and being presented with pages and pages about Galileo's arguments with the Catholic Church first, potentially interesting, but not really what you were after.
I went all the way through this book and I still don't know what data-mining is or how it works. Also, all of the examples such as NASAs shuttle scheduling software are simply 'mentioned', never 'explained'. The author is also keen to point out (on numerous occasions) that anyone can participate in AI. If you were one of those people, you might think that buying a book called "AI - a beginners guide" might be a good starting point - in this case you'd be completely wrong - this book can't help you. Thoroughly dissapointing.
The book does contain some general history on the subject and touches on some high-profile examples of AI in use, such as Deep Blue playing chess in the late nineties. As an introduction to the subject of AI some of it is still relevant, like terminology and the history. It touches on the Turing Test and Neural Nets. The book focuses a lot on explaining that the field of AI is scattered and highly competitive. It also has a slight focus on robots.
I would not recommend this book. The next book I will read on the subject of AI I will make sure that it is written recently.
I am doing a BSc in CS & AI and this text gave me a grounding in all the different areas of AI past and present. Use it to make the ideas in AI: A Modern Approach easier to understand. A good companion for that book.
A good book to gain understanding of a much ignored, greatly misunderstood field.
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