Common Sense, the Turing Test, and the Quest for Real AI

What can artificial intelligence teach us about the mind? If AI’s underlying concept is that thinking is a computational process, then how can computation illuminate thinking? It’s a timely question. AI is all the rage, and the buzziest AI buzz surrounds adaptive machine learning: computer systems that learn intelligent behavior from massive amounts of data. This is what powers a driverless car, for example. In this book, Hector Levesque shifts the conversation to “good old fashioned artificial intelligence,” which is based not on heaps of data but on understanding commonsense intelligence. This kind of artificial intelligence is equipped to handle situations that depart from previous patterns—as we do in real life, when, for example, we encounter a washed-out bridge or when the barista informs us there’s no more soy milk.

About the Author

Hector J. Levesque is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Logic of Knowledge Bases and Thinking as Computation: A First Course (both published by the MIT Press).

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