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In memory of Alan Turing, Marvin Minsky and John McCarthy


Every decade seems to have its technological buzzwords: we had personal computers in 1980s; Internet and worldwide web in 1990s; smart phones and social media in 2000s; and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in this decade. However, the field of AI is 67 years old and this is the first of a series of five articles wherein:

This article discusses the genesis of AI and the first hype cycle during 1950 and 1982
The second article discusses a resurgence of AI and its achievements during 1983-2010
The third article discusses the domains in which AI systems are already rivaling humans
The fourth article discusses the current hype cycle in Artificial Intelligence
The fifth article discusses as to what 2018-2035 may portend for brains, minds and machines

The Timeline


While artificial intelligence (AI) is among today’s most popular topics, a commonly forgotten fact is that it was actually born in 1950 and went through a hype cycle between 1956 and 1982. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the achievements that took place during the boom phase of this cycle and explain what led to its bust phase. The lessons to be learned from this …

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