Standards in Artificial Intelligence

Nick Maclaren nmm1 at
Wed Nov 1 16:29:09 EST 2000

In article <3A008225.4C017357 at>, L.A. Loren <lloren at> wrote:
>Jerry Freedman Jr wrote:
>> > Other than Neural Net computing, Artificial Intelligence is a bunch
>> of bullshit.
>> >
>> > Hope that helps.
>> At the risk of starting a flame war ( hell, I was snubbed, insulted,
>> treated as an uncultured boor by enough AI investigators in the 80's)
>> How did that BS last as long as it did?
>I do think you need to expand the list of non-bullshit approaches a bit.
>I think some of the work in embodied cognition like Brooks' subsumption
>architecture, Randall Beer, Mark Tilden, etc. warrants more research.
>There's also evolutionary algorithms, and probably a few others. It's
>worth noting that most of these folks go to great lengths to distance
>themselves from classical AI.

Actually, so did the genuine researchers into AI!  Unfortunately,
they got, er, steamrollered by the power of the effluent stream.

Nick Maclaren,
University of Cambridge Computing Service,
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