AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 62–71

AI Bridges and dreams

  • Alan Bundy
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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 1987

Authors and Affiliations

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

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