AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 659–668

AI Bridges and Dreams

  • Alan Bundy
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DOI: 10.1007/s00146-007-0116-3

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Bundy, A. AI & Soc (2007) 21: 659. doi:10.1007/s00146-007-0116-3
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Abstract

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.

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Bundy
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  1. 1.Department of Artificial IntelligenceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK