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Whether the computing profession is ill-informed about natural intelligence or not, there are good arguments for dropping the term artificial intelligence as a name for the nifty programming field. The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (www.oed.com), defines algorist as a descriptor for a nifty programmer, but deems the word obsolete. Here, then, we have a word ripe for reanimation. The derived term, algoristics, would make a highly suitable replacement for artificial intelligence, being more correct historically than the corrupt algorithmics. Placing this renamed field alongside statistics and logistics, as a branch of mathematics, would benefit the computing profession greatly. Given that algoristic techniques are highly mathematical and require a much greater degree of mathematical knowledge than ordinary programming, they should be taught and studied primarily by mathematicians.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2003