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

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For the first time, children who are too young to distinguish fantasy from reality are engaging with devices powered by artificial intelligence. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Alexa: Don’t Let My 2-Year-Old Talk to You That Way," 10 July 2018 In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 Now, some scientists are starting to explore if artificial intelligence (AI) could help find answers. Randy Rieland, Smithsonian, "Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop School Shootings?," 22 June 2018 This is then analyzed by artificial intelligence that is trained to detect the difference between a tumbleweed, car, coyote, or human based on gait and other factors. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Palmer Luckey’s border control tech has already caught dozens of people," 11 June 2018 So far, this season has done a fabulous job deepening the universe Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have constructed, and digging into every possible knotty future-concept proposed by artificial intelligence. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Westworld: Strike the Match," 3 June 2018 Second, cloud computing allows ever greater numbers of financial transactions to be automated and unimaginable quantities of data to be analysed by artificial intelligence (AI). The Economist, "Financial inclusion is making great strides," 3 May 2018 Qaanaaq is governed mostly by artificial intelligence, though there are politicians and managers, capitalists and workers, gangsters and petty thieves. Gary K. Wolfe,, "With 'Blackfish City,' Sam J. Miller makes impressive sci-fi debut, plus more reviews," 24 Apr. 2018 Samsung with its new flagship Galaxy S9 and LG with a new generation of phones powered by artificial intelligence. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life:," 6 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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