Notes and Reading - Lecture #1

Lecture #1 was an introduction to the course, covering adminsitrative information and an introduction to AI and intelligent agents.


Notes are in two sections, each available in two formats.

First the administrative material:

Then the introduction to the subject:


If you have the textbook, this lecture drew on Chapters 1 and 2. You should read through these. They cover the same ground as I did in the class, but in way more detail (especially on agents).

An exellent view of the history of AI can be found in Machines Who Think - A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence by Pamela McCorduck.