What is artificial intelligence (AI)? What can it do and how is it created? In this highly accessible guide to the subject, Richard Urwin explains how AI came about and how it has developed over the years through the construction of ever more sophisticated computer programs. Along the way, you will discover numerous intriguing examples of how scientists have progressed the development of AI, as well as finding out how research into brain function is continually influencing this dynamic field. By turns fascinating and scary, Artificial Intelligence will take the reader on an amazing journey that covers everything from the habits of ants to the world of the stock market.