BOOKS



The most comprehensive selection of Machine Life and Artificial Intelligence books
available anywhere.


NON-FICTION


AI4U




DO NOT believe all the negative reviews this book and author have received.
A. T. Murray is truly one of the most maverick minds in the MLAI field today.
His theory is brilliant and groundbreaking, and the FORTH and JavaScript versions
of his software work very well to demonstrate the soundeness and
effectiveness of his concept. The Mentifex AI Mind Project is a solid,
unique, and very powerful developement in the field of MLAI. A. T. Murray
and his book AI4U has many detractors on the Internet and within the AI
community. But at the MLAI Foundation I have studied his theory in
depth, and I have demonstrated that his software works very well indeed by
posting a web based JavaScript version for all to see and use. I have obtained some
amazing cognitive results with just this JS version. I have also downloaded
and experimented with his FORTH version of the AI Mind and found it equally
amazing. His critics be damned, this man is a genius and his work is
fantastic !

Arthur T. Murray is an independent scholar in artificial intelligence. A
classicist by training with a B.A. degree in Greek and Latin from the
University of Washington in Seattle, with AI4U he publishes an original theory
of mind based on linguistics and a primitive AI Mind to verify the theory.
At the MLAI Foundation I am building an entire Project Section
dedicated soley to the Mentifex AI Mind Theory. As a practical application
and implimentation of Morton Wagman's Unified Theory of Artificial
Intelligence
it is un-surpassed.


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$17.95




Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (2nd Edition) (Hardcover)




Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach introduces basic ideas in artificial
intelligence from the perspective of building intelligent agents, which the
authors define as "anything that can be viewed as perceiving its environment
through sensors and acting upon the environment through effectors". This
textbook is up-to-date and is organized using the latest principles of good
textbook design. It includes historical notes at the end of every chapter,
exercises, margin notes, a bibliography, and a competent index. Artificial
Intelligence: A Modern Approach covers a wide array of material, including
first-order logic, game playing, knowledge representation, planning, and
reinforcement learning.

Progress in the field of artificial intelligence has executed a random walk
after establishing itself with a bang in the 1950s. Optimistic predictions of
the future of A.I. in that decade only partially came true in the decades after
that. Currently, the field is divided up into subfields going by the names data
mining, computational intelligence, intelligent agent theory, expert systems,
etc. This book is the best book available for learning about this fascinating
and important subject. The applications of A.I. are enormous, and will increase
dramatically in the decades ahead. Indeed the prospects are very exciting, and
the authors themselves have been involved heavily in extending the frontiers of
the subject.


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$99.36




Build Your Own Army of Web Bots Within 24 Hours




A plain English step by step guide with detailed instructions about installing,
customizing, and using Web Bots, Artificial Intelligence, Speech Synthesis, and
Voice Recognition for website interactivity. Presenting the tools to create
AI Bots with all the bells and whistles - in particular the field of Voice
Recognition.


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$13.95




The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence




How much do we humans enjoy our current status as the most intelligent beings on
earth ? Enough to try to stop our own inventions from surpassing us in smarts ? If
so, we'd better pull the plug right now, because if Ray Kurzweil is right we've only
got until about 2020 before computers outpace the human brain in computational
power. Kurzweil, artificial intelligence expert and author of The Age of Intelligent
Machines, shows that technological evolution moves at an exponential pace. Further,
he asserts, in a sort of swirling postulate, time speeds up as order increases, and
vice versa. He calls this the "Law of Time and Chaos," and it means that although
entropy is slowing the stream of time down for the universe overall, and thus vastly
increasing the amount of time between major events, in the eddy of technological
evolution the exact opposite is happening, and events will soon be coming faster and
more furiously. This means that we'd better figure out how to deal with conscious
machines as soon as possible, they'll soon not only be able to beat us at chess, but
also likely demand civil rights, and might at last realize the very human dream of
immortality.

The Age of Spiritual Machines is compelling and accessible. Much of the content of
the book lays the groundwork to justify Kurzweil's timeline, providing an engaging
primer on the philosophical and technological ideas behind the study of
consciousness. Instead of being a gee-whiz futurist manifesto, Spiritual Machines
reads like a history of the future, without too much science fiction dystopianism.
Instead, Kurzweil shows us the logical outgrowths of current trends, with all their
attendant possibilities. This is the book we'll turn to when our computers first
say "hello". According to the law of accelerating returns, explains futurist
Kurzweil (The Age of Intelligent Machines), technological gains are made at an
exponential rate. In his utopian vision of the 21st century, our lives will change
not merely incrementally but fundamentally. The author is the inventor of reading
and speech-recognition machines, among other technologies. If Kurzweil has it right,
in the next few decades humans will download books directly into their brains, run
off with virtual secretaries and exist "as software," as we become more like
computers and computers become more like us. Other projections e.g., that most
diseases will be reversible or preventable are less strange but seem similarly
Panglossian. Still others are more realizable: human-embedded computers will track
the location of practically anyone, at any time. More problematic is Kurzweil's
self-congratulatory tone. Still, by addressing (if not quite satisfactorily) the
overpowering distinction between intelligence and consciousness, and by addressing
the difference between a giant database and an intuitive machine, this book serves
as a very provocative view of the future from a man who has studied and shaped it.


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$10.88




The Essential Turing: Seminal Writings in Computing, Logic, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life plus The Secrets of Enigma




Making his key writings available to a broad, non-specialist readership for
the first time. The collection includes Turing's declassified wartime 'Treatise on
the Enigma'; letters from Turing to Churchill and to codebreakers; lectures, papers,
and broadcasts which opened up the concept of AI and its implications; and the paper
which formed the genesis of the investigation of Artificial Life. Alan Turing was
one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. In 1935, aged 22, he
developed the mathematical theory upon which all subsequent stored-program digital
computers are modeled. At the outbreak of hostilities with Germany in September 1939
he joined the Government Codebreaking team at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire and
played a crucial role in deciphering Engima, the code used by the German armed
forces to protect their radio communications. Turing's work on the version of Enigma
used by the German navy was vital to the battle for supremacy in the North Atlantic.
He also contributed to the attack on the cyphers known as "Fish," which were used by
the German High Command for the encryption of signals during the latter part of the
war. His contribution helped to shorten the war in Europe by an estimated two years.


After the war, his theoretical work led to the development of Britain's first
computers at the National Physical Laboratory and the Royal Society Computing
Machine Laboratory at Manchester University. Turing was also a founding father of
modern cognitive science, theorizing that the cortex at birth is an "unorganized
machine" which through "training" becomes organized "into a universal machine or
something like it." He went on to develop the use of computers to model biological
growth, launching the discipline now referred to as Artificial Life. The papers in
this book are the key works for understanding Turing's phenomenal contribution
across all these fields. The collection includes Turing's declassified wartime
"Treatise on the Enigma"; letters from Turing to Churchill and to codebreakers;
lectures, papers, and broadcasts which opened up the concept of AI and its
implications; and the paper which formed the genesis of the investigation of
Artifical Life.


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$29.95




Embodied Conversational Agents




Embodied conversational agents are computer-generated cartoonlike characters that
demonstrate many of the same properties as humans in face-to-face conversation,
including the ability to produce and respond to verbal and nonverbal communication.
They constitute a type of (a) multimodal interface where the modalities are those
natural to human conversation: speech, facial displays, hand gestures, and body
stance; (b) software agent, insofar as they represent the computer in an
interaction with a human or represent their human users in a computational
environment (as avatars, for example); and (c) dialogue system where both verbal
and nonverbal devices advance and regulate the dialogue between the user and the
computer. With an embodied conversational agent, the visual dimension of
interacting with an animated character on a screen plays an intrinsic role. Not
just pretty pictures, the graphics display visual features of conversation in the
same way that the face and hands do in face-to-face conversation among humans. This
book describes research in all aspects of the design, implementation, and evaluation
of embodied conversational agents as well as details of specific working systems.
Many of the chapters are written by multidisciplinary teams of psychologists,
linguists, computer scientists, artists, and researchers in interface design. The
authors include Elisabeth Andre, Norm Badler, Gene Ball, Justine Cassell, Elizabeth
Churchill, James Lester, Dominic Massaro, Cliff Nass, Sharon Oviatt, Isabella Poggi,
Jeff Rickel, and Greg Sanders.


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$49.30



FICTION



I, Robot




In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out
the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics.
Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense
of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with
Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.


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$7.99









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