Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence
The Past, Present, and Future of AI
by Philip L. Frana and Michael J. Klein, Editors
April 2021, 378pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5326-5
$97, £72, 84€, A132
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5327-2
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Experts believe that over the next several years, artificial intelligence (AI) technology will become increasingly interwoven with our automobiles, workplace tools and systems, and even basic household appliances.

This authoritative reference work will provide readers with a complete overview of artificial intelligence (AI), including its historic development and current status, existing and projected AI applications, and present and potential future impact on the United States and the world.

Some people believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will revolutionize modern life in ways that improve human existence. Others say that the promise of AI is overblown. Still others contend that AI applications could pose a grave threat to the economic security of millions of people by taking their jobs and otherwise rendering them “obsolete”—or, even worse, that AI could actually spell the end of the human race.

This volume will help users understand the reasons AI development has both spirited defenders and alarmed critics; explain theories and innovations like Moore’s Law, mindcloning, and Technological Singularity that drive AI research and debate; and give readers the information they need to make their own informed judgment about the promise and peril of this technology. All of this coverage is presented using language and terminology accessible to a lay audience.


  • Introduction explaining the historical evolution of AI
  • Chronology of important AI-related events
  • Authoritative entries on leading pioneers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers; AI concepts and theories; AI's potential impact on different facets of society; and major movies and other cultural touchstones exploring AI technology
Philip L. Frana, PhD, is associate professor of interdisciplinary liberal studies and independent scholars and associate dean of the Honors College at James Madison University. He teaches subjects related to automation and society and has published numerous articles on the history of technology, science, and medicine.

Michael J. Klein, PhD, is associate professor of writing, rhetoric, and technical communication and director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University. He teaches courses on technology and popular culture and has published a number of chapters in edited collections about writing pedagogy.


"Recommended for general readers looking for an overview of the various facets of AI or for possible linkages within the field."—Booklist, July 30, 2021
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