Artificial Intelligence Critical Context - Essay

Margaret Hyde

Critical Context

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

Artificial Intelligence is a revision of Computers That Think?: The Search for Artificial Intelligence (1982). To gather information for the book, Margaret Hyde consulted experts in various pertinent fields, ranging from C. D. Siegchrist, the IBM technical director who provided some calculations for the book, to Dr. Patrick H. Winston of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was programming a computer to see. By contacting people who were engaged in research, Hyde had the double advantage of getting the most recent information and having experts who could check her material for accuracy.

Hyde’s first book was published in 1941. In 1992, she wrote Peace and Friendship: Russian and American Teens Meet. Through these fifty-one years of writing, she published sixty-four books. All except the first, which was fiction, explore subjects from the sciences or social sciences. Often, the two areas are mixed. Animal Clocks and Compasses (1960) won the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation National Mass Media Award in 1961 for the best children’s book. In 1964, Hyde published Your Brain, Your Computer. Other related books include Brainwashing and Other Forms of Mind Control (1977) and The Violent Mind (1991). Many of Hyde’s social sciences books examine problems that beset young people during a particular era, as shown by Cancer in the Young: A Sense of Hope (1985) and AIDS: What Does It Mean to You? (1986; rev. ed., 1990).