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

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By 2022, the demand for skills in blockchain, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cybersecurity will exceed supply, creating a shortage of 900,000 workers, The Wall Street Journal has previously reported. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Salesforce Rolls Out Blockchain Builder for Noncoders," 29 May 2019 The program would also capitalize on the Air Force’s Skyborg artificial intelligence system and the new XQ-58A Valkyrie drone. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-35 Fighter Pilots Might Soon Fly With Robotic Wingmen," 23 May 2019 The bedside manner of doctors, nurses and other caregivers is getting a boost from an unexpected source: artificial intelligence. Aili Mcconnon, WSJ, "Virtual Simulations Offer a Cure to Doctors’ Poor Bedside Manner," 1 Apr. 2019 So the West Virginia University has to make digitization, artificial intelligence one of its top priories. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years," 10 Oct. 2018 This raises the question: could artificial intelligence one day replace musicians? Dani Deahl, The Verge, "How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made," 31 Aug. 2018 The user manual describes it as using AI (artificial intelligence) to sense density and consistency and adjusts speed, pressure and direction accordingly. Adam Tschorn,, "High Gear: Test-driving Otto, the joint-rolling robot," 27 June 2018 Luckily for platforms, creators, and users alike, artificial intelligence (AI) presents an answer—and that is to move advertising inside TV shows rather than just around them. Ralf Jacob, Fortune, "AI Is About to Make Video Ads a Lot Less Annoying," 26 June 2018 The medium represents a mash-up of modern technological marvels — computer vision, haptics, artificial intelligence — and more conventional creative endeavors, like screenwriting and character animation. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of artificial intelligence

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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