Third edition of Artificial Intelligence: foundations of computational agents, Cambridge University Press, 2023 is now available (including the full text).

1.10 Exercises

Exercise 1.1:
For each of the following, give five reasons why:
  1. A dog is more intelligent than a worm.
  2. A human is more intelligent than a dog.
  3. An organization is more intelligent than an individual human.

Based on these, give a definition of what "more intelligent" may mean.

Exercise 1.2:
Give as many disciplines as you can whose aim is to study intelligent behavior of some sort. For each discipline, find out what aspect of behavior is investigated and what tools are used to study it. Be as liberal as you can regarding what defines intelligent behavior.
Exercise 1.3:
Find out about two applications of AI (not classes of applications, but specific programs). For each application, write, at most, one typed page describing it. You should try to cover the following questions:
  1. What does the application actually do (e.g., control a spacecraft, diagnose a photocopier, provide intelligent help for computer users)?
  2. What AI technologies does it use (e.g., model-based diagnosis, belief networks, semantic networks, heuristic search, constraint satisfaction)?
  3. How well does it perform? (According to the authors or to an independent review? How does it compare to humans? How do the authors know how well it works?)
  4. Is it an experimental system or a fielded system? (How many users does it have? What expertise do these users require?)
  5. Why is it intelligent? What aspects of it makes it an intelligent system?
  6. [optional] What programming language and environment was it written in? What sort of user interface does it have?
  7. References: Where did you get the information about the application? To what books, articles, or web pages should others who want to know about the application refer?
Exercise 1.4:
Choose four pairs of dimensions that were not covered in the book. For each pair, give one commonsense example of where the dimensions interact.