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artificial intelligence on the BBC and Electron

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:02 pm
by b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2
By keith & steven brain

Is this in the archive or does it need scanning?

I have the book and looking to get rid of it but will happily scan it if it needs it.

Re: artificial intelligence on the BBC and Electron

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:03 pm
by SimonSideburns
Is that a red coloured book titled Exploring Artificial Intelligence on the BBC Micro.

I have that one, and it's very good. Loads of sample programs to type in. I think I typed in the one that implemented a 2-d version of Block world, where you had four coloured blocks to play with.

Great fun.

Edit: I've just looked online and it's two different books. The one I was thinking of was Tim Hartnell.

Re: artificial intelligence on the BBC and Electron

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:12 pm
by b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2
Yeah this is the blue book with 136 pages.

Re: artificial intelligence on the BBC and Electron

Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:53 pm
by lurkio
b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2 wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:02 pm
By keith & steven brain ... Is this in the archive or does it need scanning? I have the book and looking to get rid of it but will happily scan it if it needs it.
I believe this book needs scanning.

You might find the following post (and the post it links to) useful. If the scan's good enough then dv8 might one day find time to add it to his superb remastered book series:
:idea:

EDIT: Is this the book in question?: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... 0Electron/

If so, then it looks like it's the Beeb version of this: https://archive.org/details/artificial- ... modore-64/

Re: artificial intelligence on the BBC and Electron

Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:06 am
by b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2
Yes it is - I checked a few pages and they are identical in every respect - will go through and see if there are any differences.

Will let you know what I find.

Re: artificial intelligence on the BBC and Electron

Posted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:02 pm
by b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2
The books are all but identical.

Some small programming differences in the listings: i.e. Procedures and INSTR.

The page numbers are out because the BBC book has pages i-viii for the Intro and the BBC's book page 1 is the Commodore book's page 9.

From there the pages match page for page (excluding coding differences) The Commodore book starts drifting out at page 119 mainly due to more spaced out formatting - The Commodore book finishes on page 144 with no further pages and the BBC book finishes on page 134 with two further pages of adverts (unnumbered pages) I think this is to make one sheet (2 sides/2 pages) available for adverts in the BBC book. i.e. both books have the same number of sheets of paper.