Not Your Mother's Artificial Intelligence


Back in the days when "Bubbles," the liquid-cooled Cray 2, was the fastest supercomputer in the world and before LISP was the programming language of choice in Marvin Minsky's new AI Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the pioneers of artificial intelligence (AI) had lofty goals. They believed that AI would eventually give machines the same thinking capabilities as humans. While some question whether machines will ever be able to think in exactly the same way as humans, machine learning and other AI techniques already enable machines to assist humans with complex tasks such as forecasting and reduce the need for people to undertake trivial repetitive tasks. Endowing computers with human-like intelligence has been the holy grail of computer experts since the dawn of electronic computing. Although the term artificial intelligence was not coined until 1956, the roots of the field go back to at least the 1940s, and the idea of AI was crystalized in Alan Turing's famous 1950 paper, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence."