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The 80-year history of AI holds plenty of lessons for the future
By Jack Kotin  |  Feb 05, 2024
The 80-year history of AI holds plenty of lessons for the future
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In an upcoming week-long series on the history of AI, AI commentator and expert Gil Press examines its beginnings and how it evolved into its current form. This holds many valuable lessons as humans grapple with the challenges of this fast-changing tech in an uncertain world.


Artificial intelligence (AI) has a longer history than most people realize, and as the world enters a new digital age and looks ahead to the myriad ways in which AI and other tech will continue shaping people’s lives, it helps to look back at how far humanity has already come and to see what relevant lessons history might hold.

This special five-part series written by Gil Press, AI commentator and contributor for The Yuan, begins with a look back at AI’s origins in the 1940s, when forward-thinking psychologists and scientists were already thinking about how machines might develop and evolve, and what non-human forms of intelligence might look like if machines could ever be made to think. The second installment of the series moves on to the 1950s, when AI was formally defined and one of the earliest neural networks - known as ‘The Perceptron’ -

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