This undergraduate scholarly work was presented at the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences First Academic Symposium on April 28, 2010. Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island. Edward R. Kollett's work was nominated by Dr. Jim Brosnan, Honors Program. His work was selected as an Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Scholarship.


The purpose of the paper was to examine the field of artificial intelligence. In particular, the paper focused on what has been accomplished towards the goal of making a machine that can think like a human, and the hardships that researchers in the field has faced. It also touched upon the potential outcomes of success. Why is this paper important? As computers become more powerful, the common conception is that they are becoming more intelligent. As computers become more integrated with society and more connected with each other, people again believe they are becoming smarter. Therefore, it is important that the average person be able to understand the field of artificial intelligence and what it entails – this paper does this by explaining broad concepts and by avoiding technical jargon.

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