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) …
When Marissa Mayer decided to start her own company, after nearly five years as Yahoo's CEO and 13 years at Google, she turned to her rolodex of contacts. For a startup in its early stages, success often has less to do with what you're building than who is building it. And Mayer, one of Silicon Valley's marquee names, had a lot of numbers she could call. There are over 14,000 people stored in her iPhone. So it's not surprising that Mayer assembled a fine team at Lumi Labs.
Marissa Mayer vanished from the Silicon Valley landscape two years ago when she resigned from Yahoo Inc. shortly after it was sold to Verizon Communications Inc. for $4.48 billion. Her tumultuous 5-year reign at the eponymous tech media company, on the heels of a historic run at Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL, -1.03% GOOG, -1.06% Google in the search division, made her one of the industry's most recognizable faces -- to her professional benefit and personal dismay. On Monday, at the Techonomy conference here, she resurfaced with a new startup and some pointed comments on the valley. Mayer was interviewed on stage for about 20 minutes by Techonomy founder and journalist David Kirkpatrick. Like Twitter Inc. TWTR, 0.82% Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, Mayer opposes automated ads from politicians, calling them "very dangerous."
SHANGHAI: Jack Ma believes artificial intelligence poses no threat to humanity, but Elon Musk called that "famous last words" as the billionaire tech tycoons faced off Thursday in an occasionally animated debate on futurism in Shanghai. The Chinese co-founder of Alibaba and the maverick industrialist behind Tesla and SpaceX frequently pulled pained expressions and raised eyebrows as they kicked off an AI conference with a dialogue that challenged attendees to keep up, veering from technology to Mars, death, and jobs. However, the hot topic in the hour-long talk was AI, which has provoked increasing concern among scientists such as late British cosmologist Stephen Hawking who warned that it will eventually turn on and "annihilate" humanity. "Computers may be clever, but human beings are much smarter," Ma said. "We invented the computer -- I've never seen a computer invent a human being."