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

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a robot with artificial intelligence

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Some companies also are relying on artificial intelligence to identify patterns or compile data from several different sources, the survey found. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "New Accounting Rules Drove Up U.S. Audit Fees in 2017," 11 Dec. 2018 Google announced its Duplex technology —Back in May, Google unveiled Duplex, technology built on artificial intelligence, that allows the Google Assistant to make human-sounding phone callsto make restaurant reservations and haircut appointments. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "No one said cutting the cord would be easy," 30 June 2018 Given this, the biggest companies extensively rely on artificial intelligence (AI). Stuart Macdonald, Scientific American, "How Tech Companies Are Trying to Disrupt Terrorist Social Media Activity," 26 June 2018 Two House Science subcommittees hold a hearing on artificial intelligence tomorrow. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Privacy advocates want Congress to fix gaps in Carpenter ruling," 25 June 2018 That said, relying on artificial intelligence does have limitations, says Rega Wood, a historian of philosophy and paleographer (expert on ancient handwriting) at Indiana University. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "Artificial Intelligence Is Unlocking the Vatican's Secret Archives," 30 Apr. 2018 France is going big on artificial intelligence (AI). Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, "Emmanuel Macron wants to France to become a leader in AI and avoid ‘dystopia’," 30 Mar. 2018 Technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality would allow some crew members to work from shore, operating key sections of ships from thousands of miles away. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Future Warships Could Be Sailed Remotely with Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality," 27 Nov. 2018 Last month Google, responding to employee anger over the company’s work with the Pentagon on artificial intelligence, issued new rules barring the company from using A.I. technology for weapons or for surveillance that violates human rights. Michael Forsythe, New York Times, "Employees Call on Deloitte to Stop Working With ICE," 12 July 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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