The study of artificial intelligence and robotics offer the enormous potential of continuing the wide-reaching debate about how men and machines live together, now and in the future. The notion that a machine can respond to its environment, make decisions, and learn, has been the stuff of science fiction for hundreds of years.
This work examines the key principles and concepts behind the engineering and technological advances that have allowed IBM’s Deep Blue to compete against professional chess players and game show contestants, and a device that by itself will vacuum your house. Artificial intelligence (AI) infers that a machine can assess its surroundings and take steps toward a goal. Self-driving cars rely on AI not only to map a route and obey established traffic law, but also to respond to the behaviors of cars around them. Robots rely on computers, sensory feedback systems, and information processing in order to perform in the place of humans.