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The Resurgence of Artificial Intelligence During 1983-2010

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In memory of Alan Turing, Marvin Minsky and John McCarthy

Prologue

Every decade seems to have its technological buzzwords: we had personal computers in the 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 second of a series of five articles wherein:

The first article discusses the genesis of AI and the first hype cycle during 1950 and 1982
This 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

The resurgence of Artificial Intelligence

The 1950-82 era saw a new field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) being born, a lot of pioneering research being done, massive hype being created, and AI going into hibernation when this hype did not materialize, and the research funding dried up [56]. During 1983 and 2010, research funding ebbed and flowed, and research in AI continued to gather steam although “some computer scientists and …

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