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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Zuckerberg said his company plans to spend billions of dollars on artificial intelligence and hiring 20,000 people to help root out content like hate speech and foreign inference in elections. Time, "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Talks Trust and the Future of the News Industry," 3 May 2018 The combination of free money and artificial intelligence today could have far more catastrophic effects. Edward Glaeser, WSJ, "‘Give People Money’ and ‘The War on Normal People’ Review: The Cure for Poverty?," 9 July 2018 American officials worry Chinese plans to create tech champions in fields including robotics, biotech and artificial intelligence will erode U.S. industrial leadership. CBS News, "As U.S. tariffs take effect, China says it will retaliate," 6 July 2018 Set in a future, inhabited galaxy, humanity coexists along with thousands of aliens and artificial intelligences in a vast, interstellar diaspora. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July," 1 July 2018 That said, Broussard’s animus against techno-chauvinists, automation, and artificial intelligence often takes her over the top. Glenn C. Altschuler,, "Meredith Broussard's 'Artificial Unintelligence': Against the fetish of the machine," 28 June 2018 Launched in 2016, the Innovation Fund targets early stage companies in robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, video, music, entertainment and other technologies. Mike Freeman,, "After hiatus, Sony is back it the corporate venture capital game," 11 June 2018 Enabling new kinds of application Machine learning and artificial intelligence have become major buzzwords in the computing industry, engendering much cynicism toward both. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft continues its quest to bring machine learning to every application," 7 May 2018 The broad focus is on economic policy, clean energy, global trade, development of transportation and infrastructure projects in China and artificial intelligence. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Jerry Brown pushes California's relationship with China on economy, climate policy | The Sacramento Bee," 3 May 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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