Artificial intelligence: advancements, abilities and limitations

‘Being good at Go isn’t top of the priority list for humanity’s needs, but building AI technology that is getting closer to human intuition certainly is’ John McCarthy coined the term ‘artificial intelligence’ in 1955, describing the field as  “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines”. Back then, many of the first applications of the early computers were AI programs. In 1956, Allen Newell and Herbet A. Simon created Logic Theorist, a program that discovered proofs in propositional logic. Another example is the software built to play checkers by Arthur Samuel. While most of these programs focused on search and learning as the foundation of the newly discovered field, the tricky part was getting AI to solve problems – and AI has gotten pretty good at it over the…

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