O’Reilly AI Conference NYC 2017: Developments in Artificial Intelligence

Introduction

The idea of artificial intelligence (AI) has captured our imagination for thousands of years. In ancient Greece, Aristotle introduced the Syllogism, a method of logical thought, and Heron of Alexandria built some of the first forms of automation, including automatons for theater productions and the first vending machines. Other civilizations advanced similar theories of logical reasoning or automatons that attempted to codify or mimic life.

The foundation of modern AI began in the 1940’s with the invention of the first computers. Alan Turing published his landmark paper, describing his test for determining if a

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