What Has Ai Accomplished?

Actually, quite a bit. Alan Turing, one of the founders of computer science, predicted that by the year 2000, computers would be able to pass the Turing test at a reasonably sophisticated level and that the average interrogator would not be able to identify the computer correctly more than 70% of the time after a five-minute conversation. Although AI hasn’t exactly lived up to Turing’s claims, it has made significant advances, including:

  1. IBM, Dragon, and Lernout & Hauspie have all deployed voice dialogue systems.

  2. Banks employ financial software to monitor credit card transactions for odd trends that might indicate fraud. It is projected that a single piece of software will save banks $500 million each year.

  3. Expert systems/case-based reasoning applications: a computerized Leukemia diagnosis system performed better than human experts in detecting blood diseases.

  4. Environment Canada used machine translation technologies created in the 1970s to convert natural language weather predictions from English to French. It’s rumoured that it’s still in use.