Re: There are few books on AI

From: Paul Fidika (
Date: Mon Mar 08 2004 - 08:48:02 MST

> I made some seraches on and found very few general books on AI.
> The best I found to have a general view on the subject was "Artificial
> Minds" by Stan Franklin
> Also "The Society of Mind" by Marvin Minsky ,but than again this late one
> seems that hans't lead to anywhere in the last 20 years or so.
> I bought also "Reinforcement Learning, an introduction" by Stton and Barto
> and found it very deep and difficult to undertsand.
> Also, there is Roger Penrose, which doesn't insterest me at all:
> balooney.
> And the classic "Artificial Intelligence - A Modern Approach" by Stuart J.
> Russell
> In my WISHLIST , I have "Artificial Intelligence: A Guide to Intelligent
> Systems" by Michael Negnevitsky.
> Anyway, we can always search for specific themes like: agents, neural
> networks and so on but the reality is that there are very few books on AI.

That's not surprising, considering how large and diverse of a field AI is,
_Artificial Intelligence - A Modern Approach_, for example, is over 1,000
pages long and is just an introductory text; it doesn't go too far in depth
on anything, because any given chapter of that book would probably take
1,000 pages in itself to discuss the entire topic fully in-depth. You could
try narrowing your search to some subfield, to say, only
neural-network-based approaches.

The best general AI books would probably be Douglas Hofstadter's, in
particular _Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies_, which discusses several
of Hofstadter and his student's AI projects, or _Analogy Making as
Perception_; the latter one not being a general AI book (it's all about
CopyCat), but nonetheless its a very important book for AI in general!

~Paul Fidika

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