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Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the theory and development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that historically required human intelligence. These tasks include recognizing speech, making decisions, identifying patterns, and reasoning. Essentially, AI aims to simulate or approximate human cognitive processes in machines.

The history of artificial intelligence (AI) is a fascinating journey that spans centuries. In antiquity, myths and legends featured artificial beings endowed with intelligence. Philosophers pondered human thinking as a symbolic process, laying the seeds for modern AI. The field officially emerged in 1956 during a workshop at Dartmouth College, where John McCarthy introduced the term “artificial intelligence.” However, building an intelligent machine proved challenging, leading to periods of reduced interest known as “AI winters.” In recent years, breakthroughs in machine learning and powerful hardware have propelled AI forward, shaping a field that continues to captivate us today.

The future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fascinating journey that intertwines technological advancements, societal impact, and ethical considerations.  AI’s future holds immense promise, but it also demands responsible stewardship. As we navigate this transformative landscape, collaboration between technology, ethics, and humanity will shape the AI-driven world to come .

AI offers immense potential for college students, but its integration should be thoughtful and ethical. Balancing its benefits with critical thinking skills ensures a well-rounded education.

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The purpose of this libguide is to serve as a resource for guidance in using AI generators in an appropriate manner.