You are just one step away to get a PERSONALISED EXPERIENCE All you need to do is simply Sign in with us Self-driving cars and chess-playing computers might be the first things that come to your mind when you think about Artificial Intelligence (AI), but as a concept, AI’s not exactly new. Go back to the ancient Greeks, and you’ll discover Talos, a mythological giant automaton warrior made of bronze.

In fact, that’s not the only example from Greek mythology of what we’d consider an AI – Hephaestus, the God of Technology, was also said to have created automated servants ( some human-like, and others wheeled tripods. Then there’s the mud-creature Golem from Jewish lore.

Coming back to relatively recent times, you could even consider Frankenstein’s monster to be a kind of intelligent automaton. Nearly every culture has stories about man-made creatures that could think and act on their own but given that we’re a species that’s always tried to play God, it seems only natural.

Of course, it wasn’t till the advent of computers that Artificial Intelligence moved from the realm of fiction and folklore to reality. Or at least, it took baby steps.

Turing came up with an ‘imitation game’, with a judge asked to converse (using typed responses) with a computer and a human. If the computer could manage to fool the judge into thinking it was a human, it would win the game. Read more from…

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