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Automating Manufacturing Operations by William M. Hawkins

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Artificial Intelligence

This appendix describes the possibility of using machines as smart as humans (sapient) in automation, and the possible consequences of developing sapient machines. The research necessary to build sapient machines is being done in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), which is concerned with systems that perceive their environment and take action to achieve some goal. The field of cybernetics has overlapping goals, with an emphasis on closed-loop control to stabilize results.

Wikipedia’s article on artificial intelligence lists the following general goals:

   Problem solving by deduction and reasoning, possibly ...

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