Artificial Intelligence

Many predict artificial intelligence (AI) will significantly impact society and business. Examples include, autonomous cars, computer understanding of human speech, and machine learning. For example, computer chess games available for commercial desktop machines can beat accomplished chess players including grand masters.

In this section we introduce some interesting examples of artificial intelligence to provide a sense of how sophisticated these technologies are becoming.

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Definitions of Artificial Intelligence

    • The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normal require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.[1]
    • The capacity of a computer to perform operations analogous to human learning and decision making, by an expert system, program for CAD or CAM, or program that perceives and recognizes shapes in computer vision systems.[2]


Read the following article from which provides an overview of artificial intelligence technologies.

Meet Baby X

"Imagine a machine that can laugh and cry, learn and dream, and can express its inner responses to how it perceives you to feel. It can express itself in a natural manner but also allows you to visualize the mental imagery emerging in its mind."[3]

Mark Sagar, director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, and his team at the University of Auckland developed Baby X, an interactive virtual infant prototype that uses basic neural systems modelling the brain to drive advanced 3D computer graphic models of the face. These lifelike models can interact with humans in real time in behavioral learning models.

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  1. Oxford Reference
  3. University of Auckland. (2016, April 6). Laboratory for Animate Technologies.
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