Artificial Intelligence: the Past, Present and Future

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Artificial Intelligence (AI) is usually defined as the science of making computers do things that require intelligence when done by humans. AI has had some success in limited, or simplified, domains. Can you imagine our world without computers? Or what it would be like if all the computers in the world crash? Life as we know it would come to a screeching halt. Computers and computer technology have pervaded our lives at all levels, starting from the PC in individual homes, the LAN and the multitudes of computer chips at work in various gadgets and devices. Today, Computer Technology or Artificial Intelligence is used to fly airplanes, in medicine, household gadgets, international communication, and movies and even to design newer and better computers. There is not a single facet of life that is not influenced or enhanced by computer technology. Computers have made the biggest impact in the field of communications. Information technology has enabled man to erase geographical boundaries and connect the most remote corners of the earth on a common network. It has broken barriers of time and space and has given a whole new meaning to communications and connectivity. Virtual Reality has helped research immensely. Scientists are able to compute, make changes and experiment virtually with a great degree of precision. Simulation is one of the greatest benefits of Computer Technology in manufacturing, development and graphic arts. It has also spawned a new generation of entertainment. The computer has virtually become the tool of trade for architects and engineers. The computer has brought immense benefits to laymen too. One can use the computer for work, information, entertainment and communication. The right software and a general idea of computers and the required product, allow the average person to create products

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