Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence

Call for Contributors

Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence: The Past, Present, and Future of AI

Seeking contributors for a single-volume encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Artificial Intelligence, to be published by ABC-CLIO in spring 2020.

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. And 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, as posited by Stephen Hawking in 2014.

This encyclopedia will provide readers with a complete overview of Artificial Intelligence and help users understand the reasons why AI development has both spirited defenders and alarmed critics. It will survey AI’s historic development and current status; explain existing and projected applications; profile AI’s biggest proponents and detractors; and explain theories and innovations using language and terminology accessible to a lay audience.

Contributors receive writing credit and eBook access to the published set. Contributors also get a free copy of the book for essays totaling 2500 words contributed (domestic) or 5500 words contributed (international).

If you are interested in writing for this project, please email encyclopedia co-editor Dr. Michael Klein (, with a list of areas of interest and expertise, and he will send you a current list of entries available for contract.

Thank you for your interest in this important project.

—Dr. Philip L. Frana and Dr. Michael Klein, James Madison University


AARON (AI painting program) 500
Advanced Soldier Sensor Information Systems and Technology (ASSIST, a DARPA soldier-worn sensor program) 1500
Artificial Brains  1500
AutoClass (NASA system for automatic classification or clustering) 500
Automatic Film Editing (automatic video editing software) 500
Rodney Brooks (robotics pioneer and entrepreneur) 1500
Joanna Bryson (scholar of AI ethics; author of “Robots Should Be Slaves”) 1500
C3I – Command, Control, Communications and (Artificial) Intelligence 1500
Chatbots and Loebner Prize 1500
Clinical Reminder Systems (expert systems health alerts) 1500
Computability and Non-Computability (hypercomputation) 1000
Computational and Systems Psychology (computational cognition) 1500
Computer Chess 1500
Computational Theory of Mind (CTM) 1500
Connectionism and Artificial Neural Networks 1500
Deep Blue (IBM chess computer) 1500
DeepMind and AlphaGo 1500
Tom Dietterich (machine learning pioneer) 1000
Martin Ford (AI futurist and author) 1000
Future Combat Systems (FCS, US Army program for advanced combat and communications) 1500
Future Force Warrior (infantryman combat system) 1500
Rayid Ghani (scholar of data science for social good and public policy) 1000
David Gunkel (robot rights scholar) 1000
Dennis Hassabis (creativity and AI scholar, neuroscientist) 1500
Eric Horvitz (director of Microsoft Research Labs) 1500
Hugo de Garis (evolvable hardware, genetic algorithms, artilect war) 1500
Theories of Intelligence (and implications for AI) 1500
Intelligent Software Assistant (virtual assistants like Alexa, Cortana, Siri, Google Now, etc.) 1500
Intelligent Transportation Systems (automated and semi-automated traffic management) 1500
Intelligent Tutoring Systems (education) 500
John McCarthy (AI pioneer, Lisp) 1500
Marvin Minsky (cognitive scientist and AI pioneer, philosophy of mind) 1500
Robin Murphy (rescue robotics) 1000
Allen Newell (AI pioneer, list processing) 1500
Steve Omohundro (AI researcher) 1500
Seymour Papert (AI pioneer, among many other things) 1500
Pattern Recognition 1500
Rosalind Picard (director of the Affective Computing Research Group  at MIT) 1000
John Sladek (science fiction author) 1000
Herbert Simon (AI pioneer, sciences of artificial) 1500
Peter W. Singer (AI ethics, military AI) 1500
Smart Cities and Homes (embedded systems, ubiquitous tech) 1500
Strategic Computing Initiative (DARPA plan to achieve machine intelligence) 1500
Mark Tilden (robotics physicist) 1000
Pascal Van Hentenryck (optimization and AI researcher) 1000
Watson (IBM natural language computer system, Jeopardy! computer) 1500
Alan Winfield (roboticist) 1500
Eliezer Yudkowsky (friendly AI, MIRI researcher) 1500

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