Vol.6 n°9 september 1981

Vol.6 n°9 september 1981

p.3 In the Queue (table of contents)

Features

p.36 (p.27) A Look at NCC'81

A photo essay on the National Computer Conference held last May in Chicago.

[author : Steven K Roberts]

p.38 Build an Unlimited-Vocabulary Speech Synthesizer

An easy-to-use speech synthesizer can be designed using the Vorrax SC-01 Speech Synthesizer Chip.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.58 the Xerox Alto Computer

Some attributes of this research tool will be used in the next generation of personal computers.

[author : Thomas A Wadlow]

p.72 Tree Searching, Part 1: Basic Techniques

A BASIC program allows your computer to solve a sliding-blocks puzzle.

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.112 One Step Forward-Three Steps Backup, Computing in the US Space Program

The stringent demands of space exploration are met by several 8- and 16-bit microprocessors.

[author : Patrick Stakem]

p.164 ArtificIal intelligence

Intelligent computers could ease the task of dealing with vast amounts of information, if certain problems can be solved.

[author : Steven K Roberts]

p.180 A High-Level Language Benchmark

Speed benchmarks for more than fifty implementations of high-level languages.

[author : Jim Gilbreath]

p.200 Science Fiction's intelligent Computers

Current knowledge of artificial intelligence puts science fiction to the test.

[author : Donald Byrd]

p.216 Symbolic Differentiation à la LISP

The list-manipulation abilities of LISP are easily adapted to differentiating mathematical functions.

[author : Ronald L Nicol]

p.238 Knowledge-Based Expert Systems Come of Age

If an expert can do a specialized, self-contained task, so can a program.

[author : Richard O Duda and John G Gaschnig]

p.284 The Atari Tutorial, Part 1: The Display List

The display list allows you to mix both text and graphics on the same video-display screen.

[author : Chris Crawford]

p.304 Natural-Language Processing, The Field in Perspective

Systems that interact in Enghsh must have some understanding of human psychology and the world outside the computer.

[author : Gary Hendrix and Earl Sacerdoti]

p.414 The Emperor's Old Clothes

Mr Hoare. winner of the 1980 ACM Turing Award, reflects on his career and speculates on the future.

[author : Charles Antony Richard Hoare]

Reviews

p.52 The Big Board: A Z80 System In Kit Form

[author : David Thompson]

p.146 Misosys Software's DISKMOD: Put Radio Shack's Editor/Assembler on Disk

[author : Steve Hughes]

p.150 MINCE, A Text Editor

[author : Christopher O Kern]

p.384 BYTE's Arcade

p.384 Big Five Software

[author : Gregg Williams]

p.386 The Prisoner

[author : Bob Liddil]

p.388 Three Microcomputer LISPs

[author : Steven P Levitan and Jeffrey G Bonar]

p.436 Interactive Fiction: Six Micro Stories

[author : Bob Liddil]

Nucleus

p.6 Editorial: Odds and Beginnings

p.10 Letters

p.34, 108 Book Reviews: Principles of Artificial Intelligence; Turtle Geometry

p.110, 383, 412 BYTE's Bugs

p.162 Programming Quickies: Changing a BASIC FOR...NEXT Loop into a REPEAT...UNTIL Loop

p.354 BYTELINES

p.360 Ask BYTE

p.364 Books Received

p.366 Clubs and Newsletters

p.372 Event Queue

p.383 Software Received

p.412, 425 BYTE's Bits

p.426, 428, 435 Technical Forum

Microcomputers and the IRS

Add Dual Trace and Delayed Sweep to Your Oscilloscope

How to Build an Inexpensive Cassette Level Indicator

p.432 System Notes: An Almost Optimum Z80 Memory Test Program

p.441 What's New?

p.494 Unclassified Ads

p.495 Reader Service

p.496 BOMB. BOMB Results

In This Issue

Computerized natural-language processing is one of the many topics that have come to be associated with artificial intelligence. As Robert Tinney's cover suggests, computers someday may be able to read and understand War and Peace. Steven Roberts' article "Artificial Intelligence" is a good place to start, and "Natural-Language Processing, The Field in Perspective," by Gary Hendrix and Earl Sacerdoti, addresses this month's theme. Donald Byrd discusses the point at which fact meets fiction in "Science Fiction's Intelligent Computers," and Ronald L Nicol focuses on the artificial intelligence community's primary language in "Symbolic Differentiation a la LISP."

Steve Ciarcia has prepared an alternate way of eliciting speech from a computer with "Build an Unlimited-Vocabulary Speech Synthesizer." We also have a description of the Xerox Alto computer by Thomas A Wadlow, and we take a look at NASA's high-flying computing machinery in Patrick Stakem's "One Step Forward-Three Steps Backup."