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Which computer scientists have received the Turing Award specifically for their contributions to Artificial Intelligence?

Many people have heard of Hinton, Bengio, and LeCun in recent years, given the popularity of deep learning and neural networks, and their contributions to this subfield of Artificial Intelligence. For ...
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Why are today's neural networks not modeled with probability theory?

In the paper The Perceptron: A probabilistic model for information storage and organization in the brain, Rosenblatt used the probability theory to model his perceptron. My professor told me that ...
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What are the defining moments that make community realise the potential of deep learning?

Consider the following paragraph from the chapter named pre-trained models from the textbook titled Deep Learning with PyTorch by Eli Stevens et al. The AlexNet architecture won the 2012 ILSVRC by a ...
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Did the unsolved XOR problem in "Perceptrons: An Introduction to Computational Geometry" 1969 book really cause the winter of the AI in 1974?

Winter of AI definition: periods of reduced funding and interest in artificial intelligence research, due to unmet expectations after a period of hype. There have been at least two major AI winters ...
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Is image generation not existent before generative adversarial networks?

Although the GAN is widely used due to its capability, there were generative models before the GAN which are based on probabilistic graphical models such as Bayesian networks, Markov networks, etc. It ...
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Why is noise vector represented by letter $z$? [closed]

Most of the notations in Artificial Intelligence are borrowed from the mathematics. $x$ stands for input (vector), $y$ stands for output (vector) etc., and the list is long. But, I am not sure whether ...
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Why was the VC dimension not defined for all configurations of $d$ points?

Let's start with a typical definition of the VC dimension (as described in this book) Definition $3.10$ (VC-dimension) The $V C$ -dimension of a hypothesis set $\mathcal{H}$ is the size of the ...
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Origins of the name of convolutional neural networks

Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) contain convolutional layers. In modern deep learning libraries such as Tensorflow and PyTorch among others, convolutional layers are implemented by using the ...
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Did the Hutter Prize help research in artificial intelligence in any way?

Wikipedia states: The Hutter Prize is a cash prize funded by Marcus Hutter which rewards data compression improvements on a specific 1 GB English text file. The goal of the Hutter Prize is to ...
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Why did the developement of neural networks stop between 50s and 80s?

In a video lecture on the development of neural networks and the history of deep learning (you can start from minute 13), the lecturer (Yann LeCunn) said that the development of neural networks ...
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Who first coined the term "deep learning"?

AFAIK, deep learning became popular in 2012 with the victory of ImageNet Competition - Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge 2012 where winners of this contest actually used deep learning ...
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What is Cognitive Intelligence?

Similarly to the question, What is artificial intelligence? Cognitive Intelligence, as well as being a part of Artificial Intelligence, is an area that mainly covers the technology and tools that ...
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Which paper introduced the term "softmax"?

Nowadays, the softmax function is widely used in deep learning and, specifically, classification with neural networks. However, the origins of this term and function are almost never mentioned ...
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Who first coined the term "artificial general intelligence"?

Similarly to the question Who first coined the term Artificial Intelligence?, who first coined the term "artificial general intelligence"?
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Why is it called back-propagation?

While looking at the mathematics of the back-propagation algorithm for a multi-layer perceptron, I noticed that in order to find the partial derivative of the cost function with respect to a weight (...
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Which work originally introduced gradient clipping?

The Deep Learning book mentions that it's been used for years but the oldest sources it mentions are from 2012: A simple type of solution has been in use by practitioners for many years: clipping ...
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What happened after the second AI winter?

I know this is a very general question, but I'm trying to illustrate this topic to people who are not from the field, and also my understanding is very limited since I'm just a second-year physics ...
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Is there a way to understand neural networks without using the concept of brain?

Is there a way to understand, for instance, a multi-layered perceptron without hand-waving about them being similar to brains, etc? For example, it is obvious that what a perceptron does is ...
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Why is awareness of itself such a point when speaking about AI?

Why is awareness of itself such a point when speaking about AI? Does it always mean a starting point for apocalyptic nightmares to occur when such a level is reached or is it just a classical example ...
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Are simple animal snares and traps a form of automation? Of computation?

I'm trying to understand the relationship of humans and automation, historically and culturally. I ask because the waterclock is generally considered the earliest form of automation, but snares and ...
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Was the corruption of Microsoft's "Tay" chatbot an example of catastrophic forgetting?

Tay was a chatbot, who learned from Twitter users. Microsoft's AI fam from the internet that's got zero chill. The more you talk the smarter Tay gets. — Twitter tagline. Microsoft trained the AI ...
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Why did machine learning only become viable after Nvidia's chips were available?

I listened to a talk by a panel consisting of two influential Chinese scientists: Wang Gang and Yu Kai and others. When being asked about the biggest bottleneck of the development of artificial ...
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Why do we use the word "kernel" in the expression "Gaussian kernel"?

I've heard the expression "Gaussian kernel" in several contexts (e.g. in the kernel trick used in SVM). A Gaussian kernel usually refers to a Gaussian function (that is, a function similar to the ...
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Would the people of the 19th Century call our conventional software today artificial intelligence? [closed]

It is possible that the view of what is impressive enough in computer behavior to be called intelligence changes with each decade as we adjust to what capabilities are made available in products and ...
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Was Pierce way off the mark? [closed]

Funding artificial intelligence is real stupidity. -- John R. Pierce Was this computer pioneer way off the mark? – or was there an important sub-text there? Pierce was an expert on machine ...
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What is artificial intelligence?

What is the definition of artificial intelligence?
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What is neoluddism?

It is well known from the history of technology that the invention of new things was always problematic. In the 15th century for example, in which Gutenberg has invented the first printing press, the ...
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What noteworthy contributions have Chinese AI researchers made in the field of artificial intelligence?

In recent years, China has made rapid progress in manufacturing and scientific research, as evidenced by their successful teleportation of a single quantum entangled photon to a satellite in orbit. My ...
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Is the Turing Test a blinded experiment?

Did Alan Turing expect the AIs to be aware they were being Turing tested while the game was being played? I think it's slightly harder to look like a duck while pretending to be a duck than when you ...
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Is the traditional meaning of "strong AI" outmoded?

Traditionally, "strong AI" refers to Artificial General Intelligence, the human mind understood as an algorithm (Searle, Chinese Room) and Artificial Consciousness. But recent advances in Artificial ...
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Is transistor the first artificial intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. I got this definition from Wikipedia that cited "Russell and ...
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Is Lisp still worth learning today in the particular context of Machine learning? [closed]

Lisp was originally created as a practical mathematical notation for computer programs, influenced by the notation of Alonzo Church's lambda calculus. It quickly became the favored programming ...
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What caused the resurgence of AI since the early 2000s?

I took a few AI courses in college (1999-2003), and we used the first edition of AI: A Modern Approach. We covered a lot of topics and programming, including classical AI, neural networks, and ...
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What are the most recent and influential breakthroughs in NLP?

I'm looking at the history of NLP, starting in the 1950s, with the Georgetown–IBM experiment. What are examples of the most recent (e.g. in the last 5-10 years) and influential breakthroughs in ...
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Are AI winters inevitable?

According to Wikipedia (citations omitted): In the history of artificial intelligence, an AI winter is a period of reduced funding and interest in artificial intelligence research. The term was ...
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How do we know that now artificial intelligence will really take off?

A lot of people are claiming that we are at an inflection point, and machine learning/artificial intelligence will take off. This is in spite of the fact that for a long machine learning has stagnated....
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Neural Networks unmatched on MNIST?

I remember reading or hearing a claim that at any point in time since the publication of the MNIST dataset, it has never happened that a method not based on neural networks was the best given the ...
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Is Artificial Intelligence restricted to electrical based technology?

According to Wikipedia: AI is intelligence exhibited by machines. I have been wondering if with the recent biological advancements, is there already a non-electrical-based "machine" that is ...
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Why did "Artificial Intelligence" stay intact as a coherent, unified field of study?

Artificial Intelligence is a rather pernicious label to attach to a very mixed bunch of activities, and one could argue that the sooner we forget it the better. It would be disastrous to conclude that ...
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Who was the first person to recognize the distinction between human-like general intelligence and domain-specific intelligence?

In the 1950s, there were widely-held beliefs that "Artificial Intelligence" will quickly become both self-conscious and smart-enough to win chess with humans. Various people suggested time frames of e....
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Why was ELIZA able to induce "delusional thinking"?

From Eliza to A.L.I.C.E.: Weizenbaum tells us that he was shocked by the experience of releasing ELIZA (also known as "Doctor") to the nontechnical staff at the MIT AI Lab. Secretaries and ...
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Have any chatbots fooled the judges and won the Loebner Prize Gold medal yet?

I've read about The Loebner Prize for AI, which pledged a Grand Prize of $100,000 and a Gold Medal for the first computer whose responses were indistinguishable from a human's. So I was wondering ...
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Is there any board game where a human can still beat an AI?

Significant AI vs human board game matches include: chess: Deep Blue vs Kasparov in 1996, go: DeepMind AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol in 2016, which demonstrated that AI challenged and defeated professional ...
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Is Prolog still used in AI?

According to Wikipedia, Prolog is a general-purpose logic programming language associated with artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. Is it still used for AI? This is based off of ...
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How could Deep Blue possibly cheat?

On Wikipedia we can read: Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch. IBM refused and retired Deep Blue. What was the accusation and how was Deep Blue allegedly able to cheat?
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Has the Lovelace Test 2.0 been successfully used in an academic setting?

In October 2014, Dr. Mark Riedl published an approach to testing AI intelligence, called the "Lovelace Test 2.0", after being inspired by the original Lovelace Test (published in 2001). Mark believed ...
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Are there any AI that have passed the MIST test so far?

MIST is a quantiative test of humanness, consisting of ~80k propositions such as: Is Earth a planet? Is the sun bigger than my foot? Do people sometimes lie? etc. Have any AI attempted and passed ...
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Did Minsky and Papert know that multi-layer perceptrons could solve XOR?

In their famous book entitled Perceptrons: An Introduction to Computational Geometry, Minsky and Papert show that a perceptron can't solve the XOR problem. This contributed to the first AI winter, ...
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What was the first machine that was able to carry on a conversation?

What was the first AI that was able to carry on a conversation, with real responses, such as in the famous 'I am not a robot. I am a unicorn' case? A 'real response' constitutes a sort-of ...
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Is Lisp still being used to tackle AI problems?

I know that language of Lisp was used early on when working on artificial intelligence problems. Is it still being used today for significant work? If not, is there a new language that has taken its ...
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