The McGraw-Hill Illustrated Encyclopedia of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

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9780070236141: The McGraw-Hill Illustrated Encyclopedia of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

This reference, which is devoted to robotics and artificial intelligence, contains 500 alphabetically-arranged, illustrated articles and extensive cross-referencing. Each article represents a topic or question such as: robots and automation; robots and AI in medicine; military use of robots; robotics and safety; robotics and security; robotic space probes and reliability factors.

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To create computers that exhibit human intelligence and learn and adapt through experience is a goal of those in the field of artificial intelligence, or AI. Conversely, on parallel tracks, scientists have been developing robots that will use this artificial intelligence. From the tests devised by Alan Turing in the 1940s, to today's robots, voice-recognition personal computers, and expert systems, the fields of AI and robotics have become an integral part of our everyday existence.

This encyclopedia attempts to connect these two fields with concise, easy-to-read definitions and illustrations. More than 500 terms, concepts, and important people and corporations in AI and robotics are arranged alphabetically. Each is clearly defined in entries ranging in length from one or two paragraphs to more than two pages. Such terms as Prototype, Nanotechnology, and Joint-Force Sensor are defined in one or two sentences. Broader concepts such as Language, Memory, Problem Reduction, and Speech Recognition have entries of several paragraphs to more than a page.

Some of the other topics covered include Binocular Robot Vision, Computer Consciousness, Police Robots, and Speech Synthesis. People and corporations discussed include Forrest Carter, Microsoft Corporation, and George Lucas of Star Wars fame. Hundreds of black-and-white illustrations help visualize such difficult concepts as Artificial Stimulus, Biased Search, and Dynamic Transducer. The editor makes liberal use of cross-references to link concepts together. An index provides additional access.

In an attempt to give a broad overview of the fields of AI and robotics, this encyclopedia lacks the detail of larger publications. The Concise International Encyclopedia of Robotics (Wiley, 1990) and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence (2d. ed., Wiley, 1992) offer readers more in-depth scholarly treatment of these topics, but they can be complicated and confusing for the novice. Therefore, libraries not owning these other two works, or those desiring a good overview of two difficult subjects, will want to purchase The McGraw-Hill Illustrated Encyclopedia.

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