Founded in 1979, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (formerly the American Association for Artificial Intelligence) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI aims to promote research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence. AAAI also aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.
"We call them'flourishes'," says Aldo Faisal. "Kevin has this flourish where, because he can rotate his wrist 360-degrees either way, when he reaches for or passes you stuff he will add this flourish just for the fun of it. There's no need for him to do it, but he does it anyway. It's like if you pick up your teacup and you stretch out your pinkie finger… He doesn't think about it: he just does it."