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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Tau is, in a sense, the house itself, the artificial intelligence (voiced, the credits insist, by Gary Oldman) that runs it. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 Companies are pitching artificial intelligence as a secret sauce to do everything from making drug discovery more efficient to predicting which patients will respond to treatments. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "How life sciences companies are using AI — and how to separate hope from hype," 22 June 2018 Even larger miners starting to apply artificial intelligence are concluding that gains may be incremental. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Miners Say They Dig Artificial Intelligence but the Gold Rush Hasn’t Come," 26 Dec. 2018 That’s because, according to Gartner Research VP Brian Burke, 80 percent of emerging technologies will be outfitted with artificial intelligence by 2020. Steven Brykman, Ars Technica, "Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets," 22 Dec. 2018 Farmwave is a new app that incorporates artificial intelligence to help farmers detect pathogens and pests and recommends ways to combat them and reduce their spread, thus saving crops. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "An App Could Be the Key to Saving Crops from Pests and Pathogens," 4 Dec. 2018 But one thing is for sure: artificial intelligence has never looked so chic. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Breakout Front Row Star at Alexander Wang’s Show? A Robot," 2 Dec. 2018 Some see the imagery made by White and his peers as a bad omen, another sign that artificial intelligence is not only getting smarter but beginning to think creatively and take on roles reserved for humans. James Vincent, The Verge, "What algorithmic art can teach us about artificial intelligence," 6 Nov. 2018 This summer, 20 experts in civil rights and artificial intelligence authored a letter to the task force with preliminary suggestions about what policy could look like. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 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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