artificial intelligence


: the capability of computer systems or algorithms to imitate intelligent human behavior
A Monmouth University poll released last week found that only 9 percent of Americans believed that computers with artificial intelligence would do more good than harm to society.Shira Ovide
also, plural artificial intelligences : a computer, computer system, or set of algorithms having this capability
Someday, our artificial intelligences will be capable enough to pass for human. Benjamin C. Kinney
see also generative artificial intelligence
: a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers
researchers working in artificial intelligence

Examples of artificial intelligence in a Sentence

a robot with artificial intelligence
Recent Examples on the Web To help manage the rush, the company is using artificial intelligence — AI — to offer customers even faster deliveries. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 Today, however, there is a new frontier in this effort: blunting China’s ambitions to gain supremacy in the world’s cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, quantum computing, cloud computing, surveillance infrastructure and genomic research. Edward Wong, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Listeners remain wary of artificial intelligence, according to Engaging with Music 2023, a forthcoming report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) that seems aimed in particular at government regulators. Elias Leight, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 Sam Altman’s triumph in remaining OpenAI’s CEO was also a win for those seeking the swift development of artificial intelligence. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have used artificial intelligence (AI) to improve targeting of Hamas operators and facilities as its military faces criticism for what's been deemed as collateral damage and civilian casualties. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2023 Biden also touted agreements to revive dormant military communication channels, crack down on fentanyl tracking and work jointly to address rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 YouTube will soon require users to to disclose when their videos feature content made with artificial intelligence. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 San Francisco is emerging as a central hub for artificial intelligence, and the technology will be much on the minds of attendees. Thomas Black, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of artificial intelligence was in 1955

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“Artificial intelligence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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artificial intelligence

: the power of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior

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