Artificial intelligence (AI) has moved beyond its initial niche and is now pervasive in our conversations, headlines, and daily life. Whether on social media or in the news, AI’s applications, challenges, and potential societal benefits are hard to ignore.
Over the past five years, Google Trends indicate a significant increase in searches related to AI, particularly in 2023. The AI conversation is no longer confined to whispers but echoes across industries and households alike.
The catalyst for this surge can be traced back to the end of 2022 when OpenAI unleashed ChatGPT, an open-source AI-powered language model, into the public domain.
The Significance of AI
Artificial Intelligence is more than just a buzzword; it’s a transformative force shaping our future. The floodgates have opened, ushering in an era of exploration, curiosity, and, inevitably, some concern.
A Look Back
AI’s roots trace back to ancient history. It was written about in the lore of Greek mythology but saw significant development in the 20th century. Alan Turing’s foundational concepts and the resilience-testing AI winters, are just some of the stories that have shaped AI into the tech we know today.
The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined in 1956. Today, AI powers our smartphones, suggests movies on streaming platforms, and even beats grandmasters in chess.
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