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We are brothers and sisters of or machines Minds and tools have been sharpened against each other ever sincethe first cutting edge was held in a hunters hand The obsidian flake and the silicone chip are struck by the light of the same campfire In the game of life and evolution there are three players at the table human beings nature and machinesNature I suspect is on the side of the machines George Dyson Darwin Among the Machines Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence or AI as it is more commonly known is the area of computer science focusing on creating machines that can engage on behaviours that humans consider intelligent The ability to create intelligent machines has intrigued humans since ancient times and today with the advent of the computer and 50 years of research into AI programming techniques the dream of smart machines is becoming a reality Researchers are creating systems which can mimic human thought understand speech beat the best human chess player and countless other feats never before thought possible Before we can go into great detail about artificial intelligence we have to first investigate what intelligence is So what is intelligence What properties do humans have which make them intelligent Human intelligence presumably is a product of our brain and central nervous system It has been suggested that the human brain is a computer and that our intelligence is ultimately the product of a sophisticated computer program that is running on our brain It has proved very difficult to endow machines with common sense emotions and those other intangibles which seem to drive much intelligent human behaviour A Alan Turings 1950 article Computing Machinery and Intelligence discussed conditions for considering a machine to be intelligent He argued that if the machine could successfully pretend to be human to a knowledgeable observer then you certainly should consider it intelligent This test would satisfy most people but not all
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