An Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is a computerized program or software that exhibits independent thoughts and processing capabilities that work on a similar level to human intelligence.
The craft of creating such levels of intelligence within a computer program is an academic field of study, with the goal being to create an "artificial life form" that operates on par with biological life forms.
The central pillars of A.I. research is to create ways for artificial "beings" to possess, or at least mimic, reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing (communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects.
- A.I.s are vulnerable to program commands while within a program, such as the Screen Capture command which captures their image on the computer screen.
- A.I. research is highly technical and specialized, and is deeply divided into subfields that often fail to communicate with each other due to social and cultural factors.
- The pursuit of A.I. has raised numerous philosophical issues about the nature of the mind and the ethics of creating artificial beings endowed with human-like intelligence, issues which have been addressed by myth, fiction and philosophy since antiquity.