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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This sort of back-and-forth, says Ford, is perhaps the most important takeaway from Architects of Intelligence: there really are no easy answers in a field as complex as artificial intelligence. James Vincent, The Verge, "This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved," 27 Nov. 2018 But one thing was clear: The project would involve using artificial intelligence to make the US military a lot deadlier. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Why thousands of Google employees are protesting across the world," 1 Nov. 2018 The device features a camera that uses artificial intelligence to automatically zoom as people move around during calls. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Facebook wants people to invite its cameras into their homes," 9 Oct. 2018 Google, which has allowed some publishers to create Stories since February, is going to start using artificial intelligence to create its own Stories that will appear in Google search and image results. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Google is following Instagram and Snapchat with a big push into Stories," 24 Sep. 2018 Students and faculty studying science, technology, engineering and math will research topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and public policy related to autonomous transportation. Chicago Tribune,, "Indiana collected less corporate taxes in fiscal year 2018," 13 July 2018 Under that program, China aims to take a leading role in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and electric cars. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "China would retaliate against US trade crackdown, Beijing official warns," 1 June 2018 Paul Bettany’s Vision is an android who started out as an artificial intelligence, so just give him an iPad to inhabit. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Avengers: Infinity War': Why you shouldn't freak out about that death toll (spoilers!)," 29 Apr. 2018 Financial firms including Pimco and BlackRock Inc. are increasingly turning to advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence, for portfolio management, economic forecasting, client relations and other operations. Bloomberg,, "Pimco picks Texas for next U.S. office in tech push," 24 Apr. 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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