What is Artificial Intelligence?

We’ve written posts about the way artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way we workbut what is AI?

Or rather, what do we mean when we refer to technology as “AI”?

In the Semantic Information Processing (1968) Marvin Minsky set forth what author Joel Walmsley termed the “Minsky Maxim.”

The Minsky Maxim can be summarized as follows:

AI is the science of making machines do things that would require intelligence if done by people.

Over the next few weeks, we will use Minsky Maxim’s as a baseboard to unpacking what we mean when we speak of artificial intelligence, exploring the roots of AI and the classical approach, the difference between so-called “strong” and “weak” AI, and dissecting some of the common discourse surrounding AI online.

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