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On Effort in AI Research: A Description along Two Dimensions

Franz-Günter Winkler, Johannes Fürnkranz

In this paper we describe Artificial Intelligence as research that moves along two different axes: human-compatible knowledge and machine-compatible processing. An analysis of computer chess research along these dimensions shows that AI more and more diverges into an engineering branch and a cognitive branch. As an explanation, we offer a hypothesis about the dependency of research effort on these dimensions. It becomes obvious that the most rewarding projects are the hardest.

Citation: Winkler F., Fürnkranz J.: On Effort in AI Research: A Description along Two Dimensions, Proceedings of the AAAI-97 Workshop on Deep Blue vs. Kasparov: The Significance for Artificial Intelligence, Providence, R.I., July 1997