Is physics utilized in AI research? If so, how?

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It seems to me on the forefront that Artificial Intelligence research is more of the computer scientist's and mathematician's game, but I seem to recall reading a couple of books written by physicists on the subject as well (including Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind).

Is this a popular trend? What areas of physics are most commonly utilized in that area?
 

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It seems to me on the forefront that Artificial Intelligence research is more of the computer scientist's and mathematician's game, but I seem to recall reading a couple of books written by physicists on the subject as well (including Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind).

Is this a popular trend? What areas of physics are most commonly utilized in that area?
Penrose's books are about consciousness not AI. And I think for now, we should classify them under philosophy of science.
The part of his ideas that relate to AI, is that human consciousness is non-algorithmic which means it can't be modelled by (at least current) methods in AI. But I'm not sure what he means by consciousness. I haven't read about his ideas much.
 

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