Proposal: Artificial Intelligence

This proposal massively overlaps with the scopes of DataScience and ComputerScience. One is in beta and the other recently graduated.

So, all it does is just diluting the AI traffic from these sites.


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I am not sure about this claim.

Assuming machine learning is part of AI, data science often sees ML as an application of its analysis results (well, I should cite a few books here). The DataScience project is more focused on statistics and modeling, I believe. On the other hand AI is also concerned with logics, for example.

Computer Science is broad and overlaps significantly with AI, but questions regarding the Laws of Robotics, perhaps some philosophical aspects, even "architectural" or engineering concerns are, again I believe, not really a concern for computer scientists.

AI has traditionally meant much more than ML, which has become AI's spear over the past decade (with great achievements!). But there are also years of work that still have value, and should raise many questions. Past work enters categories like:

  • reactive systems (e.g. subsumption architecture),
  • multi-agent systems (from distributed constraint satisfaction to POMDPs to swarm intelligence),
  • games, as in "games" and Game Theory (e.g. auction systems, resource allocation)
  • collaborative robotics (e.g. work on decentralized control of robot fleet)
  • Argumentation and negotiation theory
  • Expert systems, case-based reasoning, situation calculus and frame problem

They all belong to the AI domain. Some of these categories do include work related to ML and Data Science. The bulk of it is based on very different approaches, though, and I do not think they are in-scope for either the Data Science or Robotics projects. Some are in scope for CS. Yet, there may still be enough dichotomy, a bit like the difference between StackOverflow and Programming.

Anyway, +1 as I think the framing of an AI project, if any, needs more work still.

  • And also overlaps with the Robotics SE. (robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/…)
    – Dawny33
    Dec 16, 2015 at 11:09
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    There is a tag there, yes. Thank you for pointing this out. Now a question: Are the AI inside Google search engine or brain often seen as robotics? Dec 22, 2015 at 6:46
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    If you are talking about RankBrain, it is ML; and is completely on-topic in the DataScience SE :)
    – Dawny33
    Dec 22, 2015 at 6:57

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