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 Yannis Assael, a senior research scientist at Google DeepMind, looks at how artificial intelligence can improve communication, from lip-reading to restoring ancient Greek texts. Leah Rosenbaum, Forbes, "30 Under 30 Europe 2021: Changing The World From Artificial Intelligence To Covid-19," 8 Apr. 2021 Supply chains have taken a battering this year from the coronavirus pandemic and other extreme events—and artificial intelligence has emerged as a critical tool for navigating everyday business in this environment. James Rundle, WSJ, "Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI," 31 Mar. 2021 On a philosophical plain, artificial intelligence is also putting pressure on traditional notions of human singularity. New York Times, "Kazuo Ishiguro Sees What the Future Is Doing to Us," 23 Feb. 2021 The platforms’ artificial intelligence has been improving at catching offending posts, in some cases before they are seen by a significant number of users. Sarah Frier,, "Bans on Parler and Trump Show Big Tech’s Power Over Web Conversation," 11 Jan. 2021 By answering a few questions about daily habits, living situation, ZIP code and health, artificial intelligence calculates an individual's COVID-19 exposure risk and creates a personalized plan to reduce it. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Free questionnaire helps Michiganders calculate COVID-19 risk level," 15 Dec. 2020 For most people, artificial intelligence isn’t easy to define. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Study: San Diego poised to benefit from the rise of artificial intelligence," 11 Dec. 2020 Indeed, artificial intelligence, like biomedicine and other fields, has become mired in a replication crisis. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Will Artificial Intelligence Ever Live Up to Its Hype?," 4 Dec. 2020 Stephen Hawking warned, in 2014, that artificial intelligence could spell our doom. Corinne Purtill, The New Yorker, "How Close Is Humanity to the Edge?," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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