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 Breiner sold Geometrics in 1976 and founded Syntelligence, which offered a then-groundbreaking application of artificial intelligence. Peter Fimrite,, "Sheldon Breiner dies; pioneer in magnetometry found 13-ton heads in jungle," 14 Nov. 2019 Activists don’t believe that military use of some degree of artificial intelligence is problematic in it itself. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "With no laws to stop them, defense firms are on track to make killer robots a reality," 11 Nov. 2019 One of the more revered housemates worked for OpenAI, a company focused on research and development of artificial intelligence. The Economist, "In the modern commune, a case of beer is not welcome," 8 Nov. 2019 Dressed in a black jacket and white turtleneck, the Milpitas High schoolteacher mimicked a series of Microsoft commercials in which the rapper and activist showcases the future of artificial intelligence. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Teacher put on leave after video shows him in blackface as rapper Common for Halloween," 5 Nov. 2019 The increasing use of artificial intelligence in the hiring process in the private sector has raised some concerns about the potential for bias as algorithms screen human candidates. Eliza Fawcett,, "With 15,000 state employees eligible for retirement soon, Connecticut aims to consolidate, modernize and even use artificial intelligence to fill vacancies," 5 Nov. 2019 His whole message is premised on the dangers of automation taking away jobs and the risks of artificial intelligence. Wired, "Andrew Yang Is Not Full of Shit," 5 Nov. 2019 Critics of artificial intelligence have long warned that the technology could lead to a dystopian future in which humans are subordinate to machines. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Would You Like Fries With That? McDonald’s Already Knows the Answer," 26 Oct. 2019 Snoop, an outspoken advocate of marijuana use, will promote Seedo’s small refrigerator-like machine that grows plants with the help of artificial intelligence., "JERUSALEM — An Israeli start-up that promotes home-grown marijuana says it has signed on American rapper Snoop Dogg as a brand ambassador.," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of artificial intelligence

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Nov 2019

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“Artificial intelligence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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