AI: What has been done yet?


Artificial Intelligence was once just our imagination. We have seen AI in Sci-Fi comics and flicks doing jobs that are far beyond our reach. The creation of AI with its application in our daily lives seemed to be impossible at that time. However, we have accomplished this goal. Let us take you back to the 1954 Georgetown–IBM experiment when the most genius and innovative minds claimed that we are just a few years away from AI but it still took us decades to develop such genius machines that can think like human but are able to perform tasks far more efficiently. Now we have AI for everything! From weather forecasting to creating websites! (We are not bragging it’s a fact). Siri, Cortana and Google Now are prominent names in the world of machine learning and human interactive bots. We are now that point where we have unlimited ways of incorporating AI in our world. AI is even helping humans run their businesses! For example, recently a venture capital firm in japan was all over the news not because its IPO was $200 but they nominated a board member solely powered by AI(Yes a bot!) because it is able to predict market trends more efficiently than humans. Now let us present you the timeline of AI and point out the possible error in it.

 The concept of AI is not a new one; The idea was present in the early Greek civilization as well. Greek myths of Hephaestus and Pygmalion presented the idea of smart robots, (for example, Talos) and counterfeit creatures, (such as, Galatea and Pandora) and somewhere around 384 BC–322 BC Aristotle described the syllogism, a method of formal, mechanical thought. Now jumping to the 16th century, Paracelsus claimed to have generated an artificial man out of magnetism, sperm, and alchemy, some historians think that it was a hoax but even if it was, can you see the idea in this? Man’s lust for creating something like him. When Gulliver’s Travel (We are not going to discuss the tiny civilization right now) by Jonathan Swift was published the story incorporated this description of an Engine, a machine on the island of Laputa: "a Plan for improving hypothetical Knowledge by practical and mechanical Operations " by using this "Gadget", "the most unaware Person at a reasonable Charge, and with a little bodily Labour, may write Books in Philosophy, Poetry, Politics, Law, Mathematics, and Theology, with the slightest Assistance from Genius or study." The machine is an imitation of Ars Magna, one of the stimuli of Gottfried Leibniz' mechanism. Leaping to the modern take on AI, the first working AI programs were written in 1951 to run on the Ferranti Mark 1 machine of the University of Manchester: a checkers-playing program written by Christopher Strachey and a chess-playing program written by Dietrich Prinz and in 1952 Arthur Samuel (IBM) wrote the first game-playing program, he created a version that learned to play.


The birth of Internet was the biggest and most significant milestone of technology and science the first ever browser was written in 1990. Since then, we are using the website for our daily use from booking a ticket to buying clothes to sharing your wedding photos, Websites have always been there for us. But the thing is, what has been done yet? The whole AI timeline has an error. The mistake is not using AI for the websites. This is the reason why AI is being dissed so much because we skipped an important part, the websites. Are we really on the right path?

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