, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 659-668
Date: 12 Jun 2007

AI Bridges and Dreams

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This paper is a modified version of my acceptance lecture for the 1986 SPL-Insight Award. It turned into something of a personal credo -describing my view of

  • the nature of AI

  • the potential social benefit of applied AI

  • the importance of basic AI research

  • the role of logic and the methodology of rational construction

  • the interplay of applied and basic AI research, and

  • the importance of funding basic AI.

These points are knitted together by an analogy between AI and structural engineering: in particular, between building expert systems and building bridges.