How AI Was Invented

Through the efforts of Allen Newell, Cliff Shaw, and Herbert Simon, the proof of concept was launched. Research and Development (RAND) Corporation provided funding for the software known as The Logic Theorist, which was created to replicate human problem-solving abilities.


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By: Muhammad Khan, Journalist

The Conference that Started it All

The proof of concept was initialized through Allen Newell, Cliff Shaw, and Herbert Simon. The Logic Theorist was a program designed to mimic the problem-solving skills of a human and was funded by Research and Development (RAND) Corporation. It’s considered by many to be the first artificial intelligence program and was presented. The history of artificial intelligence (AI) began in antiquity, with myths, stories, and rumors of artificial beings endowed with intelligence or consciousness by scientists. The seeds of modern AI were planted by philosophers who attempted to describe the process of human thinking as the mechanical manipulation of symbols. This work culminated in the invention of the programmable digital computer in the 1940s, the machine based on the abstract essence of mathematical reasoning. This device and the ideas behind it inspired a handful of scientists to begin seriously discussing the possibility of building an electronic brain. Mathematical logic, statistics, probabilities, computational neurobiology, computer science) that aims to imitate the cognitive abilities of a human being. Initiated in the breath of the Second World War, its developments are intimately linked to those of computing and led computers to perform increasingly complex tasks, which were previously only delegated to a human.


The History of Artificial Intelligence