Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet and novelist from the 19th century who is best-known for his novels Les Misérables (1862)and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831). He once famously said: “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Never in his wildest dreams, he would have imagined that his profound words would be used to explain #Artificial Intelligence 200 years later.

To understand why #AI is happening now and not earlier, it is best to categorise the technological developments in 2 chronological phases.

  • The First phase pertained to the period till early 2000s’ and involved the…

The Blind men and an Elephant is an ancient Indian fable dating thousands of years ago (The first version of the story is traceable to the Buddhist text Udana 6.4, dated 500 BCE or even earlier in the Rig-Veda text between 1500 to 2000BCE) about a group of blind men who had never come across an elephant before, but who learn and understand about the elephant by each blind man feeling a different part of the elephant’s body (the elephant trunk, legs, body, tusk, etc.) and forming an opinion about the elephant based on their experience. …

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