artificial intelligence


Definition of artificial intelligence

1 : a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers
2 : the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior

Examples of artificial intelligence in a Sentence

a robot with artificial intelligence
Recent Examples on the Web One tool that emerged from the crisis is a form of artificial intelligence that could prevent similar problems in other cities where lead poisoning is a serious concern. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "An Algorithm Is Helping a Community Detect Lead Pipes," 14 Jan. 2021 To commemorate the anniversary, another vessel is recreating that voyage, with the help of artificial intelligence. CBS News, "A crewless boat is recreating the Mayflower's 400-year-old journey, with the help of artificial intelligence," 26 Dec. 2020 The first major conquest of artificial intelligence was chess. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Google develops an AI that can learn both chess and Pac-Man," 24 Dec. 2020 The paper pointed out the risks of language-processing artificial intelligence, the type used in Google Search and other text analysis products. Kate Saenko, Quartz, "Why have AI models become so power hungry?," 24 Dec. 2020 The adoption of artificial intelligence to automate that process has sparked a flood of new chip designs. Ian King,, "Microsoft Designing Its Own Chips for Servers, Surface PCs," 18 Dec. 2020 The paper pointed out the risks of language-processing artificial intelligence, the type used in Google Search and other text analysis products. Kate Saenko, The Conversation, "It takes a lot of energy for machines to learn – here’s why AI is so power-hungry," 14 Dec. 2020 The idea of artificial intelligence acting against our interests has been the stuff of science fiction nightmares for decades. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Who Gets a Say in Our Dystopian Tech Future?," 10 Dec. 2020 In computer science, machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence that relies on statistical methods to find robust patterns in large sets of data, all without the need for humans to explicitly tell the program what to do. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Most Cutting-Edge Ways to Diagnose COVID-19," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of artificial intelligence

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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20 Jan 2021

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“Artificial intelligence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of artificial intelligence

: an area of computer science that deals with giving machines the ability to seem like they have human intelligence
: the power of a machine to copy intelligent human behavior

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