This issue of "AI Magazine is the first for which I have the privilege and the responsibility of serving as editor. Lee Erman (whom you can blame for this event ) asked me to serve as editor under the assumptions that I was interested in the dissemination of interesting and timely information to the AI community (true) and that, having just left the hectic world of research management at ARPA, I would have copious amounts of free time on my hand's (false). I accepted the offer mainly because it's hard to resist the opportunity to help shape such a potentially important publication during its formative phase.
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