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What Is Artificial Intelligence?

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The term artificial intelligence (AI) is thrown around in many contexts, especially in the tech industry. However, many people (including those in IT) don't actually understand what AI is, let alone the challenges and opportunities it presents. This is the first in a series of "AI for Dummies" blogs where I'll share the basics of all things AI. As computer systems become ever more capable of performing the tasks that traditionally are staffed by humans, this evolution will affect nearly every industry. In the short term, there will be positions that are replaced by machines that lead to job loss.


Predictive Thursdays: AI for Dummies--What Is Artificial Intelligence?

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We all see the term artificial intelligence (AI) thrown around in many contexts. AI is a buzzword in the tech industry in particular. However, many people (including those in IT) don't actually understand what AI is nor the challenges and opportunities it presents. Today, I'm beginning a series of blogs to share the basics of all things AI. As computer systems become ever more capable of performing the tasks that traditionally are staffed by human employees, the evolution will affect nearly every industry.


Not Your Mother's Artificial Intelligence

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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."