Artificial Intelligence - Research and Applications Volume 2
by Nilsson, N. J.
Institution: AI Center, Stanford Research Institute
Note: Project 3805 Progress Report 9 March 1974 - 31 March 1975
From the Nilsson archives – SHAKEY papers
We have undertaken here to provide some suggestions and evaluations of potential applications for artificial intelligence. Although the applications we have considered are only a small sampling from the set of all possible application, they probably represent a fair cross section nonetheless. Some of the systems considered emphasize what has been called “pure thinking.” They accept input only from a conventional computer terminal, perform some deductions or other “intellectual” activity, and output the results to a conventional terminal. Other svstems involve “doing” as much as “thinking.” They may accept input from a variety of sensors as well as from a conventional terminal, and their output may control real-time devices. Some of the systems are aimed at providing highly interactive aids to a user, others may be envisioned as operating in a more nearly stand-alone mode.
If we assume that our assessments are accurate enough to form a basis for discussion, then several of the tasks stand out as being ripe for early development. We can say with some confidence that interactive scene analysis for cartography has considerable significance for DoD, has low technical difficulty, and can be pursued with a quite modest program. An application of artificial intelligence to maintenance problems also offers the possibility of significant payoff for moderate levels of risk and resource.
A 6th continuation of the umbrella project for AI research that used Shakey as a platform to drive the research.
|Nilsson, Nils J||Alumnus|