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What is mainstream artificial intelligence?

Jul 17th, 2000 09:41
A.T. Murray,


Mainstream AI (as opposed to alternative AI on the same level of this 
hierarchy) is artificial intelligence research as conducted by the 
official establishments of government, academia, and industry.  Much of 
mainstream AI is highly visible in the news media and its practitioners 
have prestigious academic or other credentials.  A Web search through 
http://www.altavista.com, http://www.google.com, http://www.hotbot.com  
or any other search engine will easily find hundreds if not thousands 
of resources on mainstream AI.  Although many mainstream AI software 
products will be mentioned, their prices will tend to be high, their 
source code will generally be not in the public domain but a closely 
guarded secret, and their range of application will most likely be a 
subset of AI rather than in the area of a general-purpose, ambitiously 
intelligent artificial mind (for which you must look into the folder on 
Alternative AI).