Latest Issue


There's more to AI than meets the eye

By Tom Standage   May 2002

Some technologies, such as fusion power, are hyped but never manage to get off the ground. Others, such as text messaging, are not hyped at all, but take off on their own. The technology of “artificial intelligence,” a term coined by a group of computer scientists in 1956, would seem to belong in the former category rather than the latter. After decades of over-optimism and numerous broken promises, AI research appears to have achieved very little. Intelligent computers-of the kind epitomised by Hal, the fictional supercomputer in 2001: A Space Odyssey -are nowhere to be seen. Yet much of the…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect