Friday, July 14, 2006

Your Favorite Papers

It's been rather slow on the blog lately, so I'll throw out a question to everyone:

What are your favorite papers? The ones that have changed the way you look at AI or your research, the ones that you think would benefit the rest of the world to read?


Matthew Michelson said...

One paper I've always liked is Tim Berners-Lee, James Hendler and Ora Lassila's article
in Scientific American about the Semantic Web. It's from 2001 and it's a really fun read with lots of cool information. It's also not super in-depth technically, so it's very accessible to lots of people. So, I guess it's not really a research paper, but it's a great read none-the-less...

Nicolaus Mote said...

Likewise, I think my all-time favorite is an oldie (1945!) by Vannevar Bush, As We May Think. He spells out his vision of an internet (and an age of information sharing) 50 years before it became ubiquitous. It's interesting as a retro-futuristic curiousity, for sure--but for me it really stands out as the way an academic visionary can look beyond his time and dream something big yet achievable (indeed there's some things he suggests that we still haven't implemented yet).

It's also one of those on the more accessible and less technical side.