Artificial Intelligence

Archive Report

State of the Art Today

Moving to New Level of Computerization

About a thousand scientists are at work in laboratories across the country on a project that has been compared to the invention of the printing press, the development of the steam engine, the emergence of human speech, the control of fire and the agricultural revolution. The potentially monumental project is a multifaceted effort to build high-technology computers that are programmed with artificial intelligence—computers that can understand and emulate human speech, perform physical functions and make reasoned judgments.

We are at least many decades away from having a computerized society in which thinking machines will be in routine use in virtually everyone's home and office, doing everything from cleaning the house to forming instantaneous strategies for waging ...

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