3 Natural and artificial intelligence
In this course so far, you’ve read three sections and seven case studies, puzzled over ten exercises and answered five SAQs – and all with scarcely a mention of computers. Plenty on natural intelligence, almost nothing about artificial intelligence. Now is the time to set that right. Our aim is to build intelligent machines. In this final section I want to extend the discussion of computer intelligence in the light of what you’ve learned so far about natural intelligence. This will lead us to consider the possibility of novel techniques; yield fresh insights into old problems; and suggest how new problems might be brought within the scope of artificial intelligence. My analysis should set the stage for the rest of the course.