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n. Abbr. AI
1. The ability of a computer or other machine to perform those activities that are normally thought to require intelligence.
2. The branch of computer science concerned with the development of machines having this ability.
(Computer Science) the study of the modelling of human mental functions by computer programs. Abbreviation: AI
1. the collective attributes of a computer, robot, or other mechanical device programmed to perform functions analogous to learning and decision making.
2. the field involved with the design of such programs and devices.
The ability of a computer or other machine to perform actions thought to require intelligence. Among these actions are logical deduction and inference, creativity, the ability to make decisions based on past experience or insufficient or conflicting information, and the ability to understand spoken language.
Did You Know? One laboratory devoted to research on artificial intelligence explains what they do: "Our goal is to understand the nature of intelligence and to engineer systems that exhibit intelligence." You may think of a computer as smart, but it is actually just following directions very fast. A truly intelligent device would be more flexible and would engage in the kind of "thinking" that people really do. An example is vision. A network of sensors combined with systems for interpreting the data may produce the kind of pattern recognition that we take for granted as seeing and understanding what we see. In fact, developing software that can recognize subtle differences in objects (such as those we perceive in the faces of two people) is very difficult. Differences that we can perceive without deliberate effort require massive amounts of data and careful guidelines for a system of artificial intelligence to recognize. Computers are necessary to artificial intelligence because they allow researchers to manage all the data needed to try to imitate true intelligence. The attempt to create artificial intelligence should lead to a better understanding of the human brain. After all, you can't copy it if you don't know how it works.
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|Noun||1.||artificial intelligence - the branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively; "workers in AI hope to imitate or duplicate intelligence in computers and robots"|
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
robotics - the area of AI concerned with the practical use of robots