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The Quest for Artificial Intelligence by Nils J. Nilsson

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Smart Tools

IN BETWEEN THE HEADLINE-MAKING, MILESTONE AI ACHIEVEMENTS AND THE smaller bits of computational intelligence that we find everywhere are impressive AI programs that are used by physicians, scientists, engineers, and business people to help them in (and sometimes automate) their workaday tasks. I call these the “smart tools” of AI. Sometimes these are stand-alone systems, but more often they are integrated into a larger computational framework or into hardware devices. Some work only when called upon to help solve some particular problem, such as disease diagnosis. Some are constantly active, such as online stock-trading systems. I’ll not be able to mention all of them since there are far too many, and some are known only to their ...

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