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Basic Concepts

Joseph D. Bronzino and Ralph A. Morelli
Trinity College

Encouraged by optimistic pronouncements about the power of artificial intelligence (AI), business leaders have invested heavily in developing new computer programs, called expert systems, which are designed to represent human knowledge or expertise. Consequently, it is not surprising that knowledge itself is about to become the new coin of the realm for industry and nations.

The field of Al and some of its basic applications, therefore, are important and need to be properly understood. With this in mind, this module is written to present the basic concepts underlying the general field of artificial intelligence and highlight the techniques employed in the development of knowledge-based expert systems.

The math includes, logic, neural nets, truth tables, hard counting problems, and development of computer algorithms.