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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And, in the near future, the company aspires to something far more ambitious: sparing users like Cohen from having to report bullying in the first place by using artificial intelligence to root out behaviors like insults, shaming and disrespect. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Inside Instagram's War on Bullying," 8 July 2019 Sauhaarda Chowdhuri, a junior at Westview High School, created PhonoNet: Deep Learning for Raga Identification in Indian Classical Music, which focuses on using artificial intelligence to understand and preserve this form of Indian music. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County science/engineering students do well at international fair," 5 July 2019 Like most robots, social robots use artificial intelligence to decide how to act on information received through cameras and other sensors. Scientific American, "Social Robots Play Nicely with Others," 1 July 2019 Berman unveiled the legislation Monday, saying that the proliferation of deepfake technology — fictitious images created using artificial intelligence that appear realistic — could be weaponized on a mass scale. Dustin Gardiner,, "California lawmaker targets fake candidate videos after doctored Pelosi footage," 24 June 2019 The firm is considered a pioneer in using artificial intelligence to steer customer service and, in some cases, investment advice. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Charles Schwab CEO: Actually, We're Killing It With Millennials," 19 June 2019 The new Evoque also uses artificial intelligence to track the driver's preferences and automate comfort and media settings. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 The ultimate threat of an omnipotent artificial intelligence demands that humanity augment or die. Josh Wilbur, WIRED, "You Could Live Forever With This Sci-Fi Time Hack," 4 June 2019 Cser, whose firm Automat Ventures invests in companies that use artificial intelligence, helped connect Tech For U.K. to computer scientists. Kelvin Chan, The Seattle Times, "Grassroots tech group takes startup approach to fight Brexit," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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