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The Origins of Artificial Intelligence


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The concept of mechanized 'humans' first came to be in 380 BC, when mathematicians, theologians, professors, philosophers, and authors pondered over calculating machines and numeral systems that could 'think' like humans.

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The proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the 21st century does not paint the picture of its history dating back too far into the past. However, the concept of mechanized 'humans' first came to be in 380 BC when numerous mathematicians, theologians, professors, philosophers, and authors pondered over calculating machines and numeral systems that could 'think' like humans.

Today, we know AI as the broad branch of computer science which concerns itself with 'smart' or intelligent machines that are capable of performing cognitive practices that typically require human intelligence. It is based on the principle that human thought processes can be both replicated and mechanized. Machine learning (ML) is a popular subset of AI which is the method of machines parsing data, learning from that data and then applying it to make an informed decision. Now, we will delve into the origins of AI and how it burgeoned through the years.

 

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