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) …
This July 11, 2018, photo, shows a fragment of a US-made missile fired from a drone that struck a vehicle, killing all seven men inside on Jan. 26, 2018, instantly ending their lives, shredding their bodies into pieces, in Shabwa, Yemen. ATAQ, Yemen – Al-Qaida was giving away motorcycles up in the mountains -- that's what the kids in town were saying the day Abdullah disappeared. Early that morning, Mohsanaa Salem woke her 14-year-old son to go buy vegetables. The sun had just risen above the mountain ridge, and winter light filled the ravine where their mud brick house sat at the foot of a slope. "Let me sleep," Abdullah groaned from a mattress on the floor, surrounded by his brothers and sisters. One word from his father, though, and the boy was up and dressed, trudging out of the house to the market in a neighboring village. Three hours later, when he still hadn't returned, Mohsanaa and her husband began to worry.
When you've got Egyptian heritage and live in the West, something funny happens when you meet another Egyptian. We get giddy, we smile a lot, we act as if we've known each other forever. After some coffee and a quick tour of his California bungalow, the graphic artist known as Ganzeer hands me a stack of some pages from The Solar Grid. The black-and-white pages are crinkled and dried after being soaked in ink. Each panel looks like it may have taken hours. It's a lot of work for just one person to complete, but it makes sense that this is the next step in Ganzeer's career as an artist.
A senior Egyptian al-Qaida figure fighting in Syria was killed in a U.S. drone strike this week, the latest to be killed in such attacks in Syria, a Syrian opposition monitoring group and relatives said Friday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Rifai Ahmad Taha was killed in a strike Tuesday in the northwestern Idlib province. He was also allied with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. He said one of the dead was identified as Abu Omar al-Masri -- which is Arabic for Abu Omar the Egyptian -- but that it was not clear if Taha was using that name. Taha was believed to be in his 60s.