DIRECTORIES: Machine Smarts

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Science  22 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5525, pp. 2223
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5525.2223d

From those annoying robotic puppies to computer programs called “agents” that scour the Internet for information, brainy machines and other forms of artificial intelligence are everywhere. At AI Topics, a Web guide from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), you can immerse yourself in the booming field of AI.

More than 20 sections brim with annotated links to Web sites, articles, essays, and books on topics ranging from the history of AI to speech recognition to games. Sit down to a few hands of poker with a computer program at the University of Alberta that uses statistics to try to intuit other players' tendencies, for instance. Or for some weightier browsing, try the ethics section where essays by Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and inventor Ray Kurzweil clash about whether our creations might someday pose a threat.

There's also a page on the latest Steven Spielberg flick, A.I., in which people depend on intelligent robots to get by in a flooded greenhouse-warmed world. For the latest in real-life robots, visit the MIT Humanoid Robotics Group's page on Kismet, a “sociable” robot that responds to sights and sounds with a repertoire of facial expressions, postures, and childlike babbling.

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