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There was a bump in mentions of AI in 1980 that disappeared for a while

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There's a curious bump in 1980 in mentions of AI (note that the use of periods in its name, A.I., is almost never used since inception. I think we can attribute this to the rise of personal computers and books about them explaining how they work to a new group of non-technical users.  The meaning was not likely how we're talking about them today except for some futurist prediction authors like Isaac Asimov, Freeman Dyson, and Daniel Bell (whose early book on the Internet was my introduction to it when I didn't even own a computer at home and was punching card in Fortran for my high school's behemoth UNIVAC-looking thing).  Looking back, it's kind of odd that Fortran IV was my first computer language rather than the typical introduction with Basic or Pascsal, but this was a time when most high schools didn't have any computers and we were lucky to have been gifted one through some grant due to our unusually high college entrance exams and advanced placement courses.  To this day I can't figure out why my mathematics class grades were so average, but I had top grades in computer courses.  I think it was the teachers.  I could tell which ones were just phoning it in and who was actually excited about the material and getting us to be as excited about it.

Which brings me back to AI.  There are more and more courses online or simple help videos for coding and many use artificial voices, which although good, you can more or less tell it's you now being programmed by a computer. Can AI do the same as a disinterested teacher? No doubt. Can it replace a good teacher? Not at the moment. Not for a while, I think. 

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