This paper describes current progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Particular emphasis is given to describing AI as an independent field of study having both applied-technological and scientific-theoretical branches. The major problems faced by AI research are discussed, and progress toward their solutions is evaluated. It is argued that practical applications of AI research will most likely be concentrated in computer systems that understand natural language and perform advanced automation tasks. It is also claimed that AI research will, at long last, make theoretical psychology a possibility.