From Plato to late 20th century – A more or less concise, Historical Evolution of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

by: Teresa Escrig PhD. –

Dr. Escrig – a pioneer in service robotics – has written a fascinating and engaging history of man’s ongoing quest to develop artificial intelligence and robots.

Lets first consider the historical evolution that shows man’s desire to build a machine like ourselves. From philosophers and alchemists of the Middle Ages to 21st century scientists, the fascinating idea of creating a machine like the human being has endured.

The origins of Artificial Intelligence are attributed to the philosophers of antiquity. Plato (428 BC) wanted to know the characteristics of piety to determine if action could be regarded as pious. This could be the first algorithm. Aristotle conceived an informal system of syllogistic reasoning by which one could draw conclusions from premises, which became the precursor of reasoning.

Philosophers delineated the most important ideas related to artificial intelligence, but also needed a formalization of mathematics in three areas: computer science, logic and probability. Continue reading “From Plato to late 20th century – A more or less concise, Historical Evolution of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.”