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Meditation for Heretics

May 8, 2002
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org


We were provided the four main categories of views on A.I. The 1st one uses humans as a model and tries to have a system that thinks in a humanly fashion by automating activities such as decision making, problem solving and learning. The second example studies how to make computers act more humanly; doing tasks, which at the moment at least, humans do better. The third view deals the study of mental faculties through the use of computational models and looks toward thinking rationally. The last approach relates to acting rationally. This is the branch of computer science that is concerned with the automation of intelligent behavior and is the approach that Dr. Tusch allies himself with. Later in his presentation, he mentioned that rational behavior regards doing the right thing, which in turn equates to that which is expected to maximize goal achievement given the available information.

About Guenter Tusch, PhD

Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Grand Valley State University

Dr. Tusch is a professor at Grand Valley State University in the Computer Science Dept. where he teaches a course in A.I. He came to the U.S. from Germany where he taught at a large medical school. It was there that he had his first contact with artificial intelligence, working, as he was, with medical information systems. There were complaints about the inadequacy of these systems and he began work in correcting these deficiencies, doing research at Stanford and working on “expert systems” that can interface with people more fluidly, resulting in more “user-friendly” programs.