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 Upstart, a San Mateo, Calif.–based startup that uses artificial intelligence to help banks make lending decisions, went public on Wednesday. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Upstart CEO talks major IPO ‘pop,’ A.I. racial bias, and Google," 18 Dec. 2020 Each new e-scooter will come with a black box housing Drover’s sensor and camera system, which uses artificial intelligence to identify sidewalks, streets and bike lanes. Dalvin Brown, Washington Post, "Ford’s Spin unit to boost e-scooters with software that alerts pedestrians of sidewalk riders," 17 Dec. 2020 Among the five new tools are one that uses artificial intelligence to help agents answer questions almost instantaneously and one that aggregates information about the customer from disparate data sources. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Amazon Is Beefing Up Its Cloud Call-Center Tools as More Customer-Support Staff Work from Home," 1 Dec. 2020 Founded by University of Cambridge mathematicians, Darktrace uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) modeled on the human immune system to detect abnormal activity in the Vatican’s digital systems, writes Brian Boucher for artnet News. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Vatican Library Enlists Artificial Intelligence to Protect Its Digitized Treasures," 11 Nov. 2020 The result was a lullaby, made in collaboration with Endel, an app that uses artificial intelligence. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Grimes and Elon Musk’s Baby Boy Is Already into “Radical Art”," 30 Oct. 2020 Another tool called IBot uses artificial intelligence to answer some customer questions. Sophie Alexander,, "Digital Thieves Are Hacking Brokerage Accounts: Is Your Money Safe?," 13 Oct. 2020 As with many of the Roomba robots, this autonomous mopper uses artificial intelligence to get to know your home’s floor plan and optimize its clean accordingly. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Need a break from chores and cleaning? These robots can do your housework for you.," 5 Sep. 2020 Other patent-pending inventions include a plastic bottle that releases fungi to destroy the plastic when empty and an alarm system that uses artificial intelligence to help prevent pool drownings. Rifat Malik, Dallas News, "Patently inspiring: An Irving scientist mentors young inventors — with impressive results," 29 July 2020

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First Known Use of artificial intelligence

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2021

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“Artificial intelligence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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