If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Hérnandez-Orallo, José (Universitat Politècnica de València) | Baroni, Marco (Facebook) | Bieger, Jordi (Reykjavik University) | Chmait, Nader (Monash University) | Dowe, David L. (Monash University) | Hofmann, Katja (Microsoft Research) | Martínez-Plumed, Fernando (Universitat Politècnica de València) | Strannegård, Claes (Chalmers University of Technology) | Thórisson, Kristinn R. (Reykjavik Universit)
The development of intelligent machines is one of the biggest unsolved challenges in computer science. In this paper, we propose some fundamental properties these machines should have, focusing in particular on communication and learning. We discuss a simple environment that could be used to incrementally teach a machine the basics of natural-language-based communication, as a prerequisite to more complex interaction with human users. We also present some conjectures on the sort of algorithms the machine should support in order to profitably learn from the environment.