A Potted History of Artificial Intelligence

Let’s take a little look back on how AI as we know and love it came to be.
Enjoy this look back on how it all got started through to where we are today!
Humble beginnings
A group of visionaries at Dartmouth College in 1956 seriously discussed machines mimicking human intelligence.
This meeting is now seen as the birth of artificial intelligence.
Yet, it wasn’t until a decade later, in 1966, that John McCarthy would christen this field “artificial intelligence” because, let’s face it, “computers mimicking human brains” just didn’t roll of the tongue.
ChatGPT’s ancestor
Around 1966, MIT rolled out ELIZA, the first-ever chatbot.
Back then, a computer just saying “Hello” was groundbreaking.
A Potted History of Artificial Intelligence 1ELIZA… not that far from ChatGPT!
The 70s and 80s were all about AI being applied in new fields. Stanford’s MYCIN played doctor, diagnosing bacterial infections, while Carnegie Mellon taught cars to drive themselves – move over Elon.
Chess lights the way
In the ’90s, IBM’s Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov, sending shockwaves around the world.
The idea of a computer being competent in Chess was envisioned in the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968 – it looked like we were seeing the future unfold!
Jump to 2011, and IBM’s Watson takes the Jeopardy! crown, showing AI can master any game.
2010 and onwards
The 2010s were all about deep learning.
This was AI on steroids, suddenly able to recognise faces, understand speech, and even dream up new art. The AI we know and love.
GPT-2 came along in 2019, followed by GPT-3 in 2020. Suddenly, chatting with AI became as normal as scrolling through social media.
Fast-forward to 2023, and in comes GPT-4! The most advanced model we’ve ever seen, capable of advanced reasoning.
A Potted History of Artificial Intelligence 2From Coding Cogs.
What does the future hold? I get the impression we’re only just beginning.

Courtesy of Mindsream

You might be interested in exploring the fascinating history of artificial intelligence. Speaking of AI, you might want to delve deeper into the birth and evolution of this field by checking out the article on the History of Artificial Intelligence on Wikipedia. If you’re curious about the advancements in AI during the ’60s and ’70s, the ELIZA and ChatGPT articles might pique your interest. For a

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