The beginning of AI and its first breakthroughs

Over the past few years, artificial intelligence has found its way into numerous areas of our lives. Finance, healthcare, retail, education, manufacturing, to name but a few, are some of the industries that have integrated artificial intelligence capabilities into their businesses.

But to fully acknowledge the implications, one must really understand the premises and beginnings of AI too.

The Imitation Game

British mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing is often considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. In 1936, he developed the Turing machine, which was an abstract model that could use a predefined set of rules to determine a result from a set of input variables.

The Dartmouth Workshop

The official birth of AI took place in the summer of 1956 when John McCarthy held the first workshop on artificial intelligence at the Dartmouth College. The complete name of the workshop was the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence and the purpose of it was to discuss computers, natural language processingneural networks, theory of computation, abstraction and creativity.

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