A Brief History of AI
AI isn’t new, it’s been around since the 1950s. The Stanford Workshop of 1956, which is regarded as the birthplace of AI, set off a golden age of AI marking significant advances in the ability of computers to solve problems like algebra, geometry and speaking English. The initial hype was unmet - despite significant funding and progress, AI was limited by available, cost-effective compute power and data. This “AI Winter” ended in the 1980s as programs such as “expert systems” became popular with corporations leading to a brief boom in AI. By the late 1980s, again due to unachievable expectations and cost of these systems, the AI field deflated again. From rebased expectations AI has been steadily, and slowly, making progress moving into the modern era.