📖 A brief history of AI!

+ Baidu's BIG AI gamble! 🇨🇳

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We’re gonna look at the history of AI, and learn about China’s big bet on AI!

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Let’s take a little look back on how AI as we know and love it came to be.

Enjoy this look back on how it all got started through to where we are today!

Humble beginnings

A group of visionaries at Dartmouth College in 1956 seriously discussed machines mimicking human intelligence.

This meeting is now seen as the birth of artificial intelligence.

Yet, it wasn't until a decade later, in 1966, that John McCarthy would christen this field "artificial intelligence" because, let's face it, "computers mimicking human brains" just didn’t roll of the tongue.

ChatGPT’s ancestor

Around 1966, MIT rolled out ELIZA, the first-ever chatbot.

Back then, a computer just saying "Hello" was groundbreaking.

ELIZA… not that far from ChatGPT!

The 70s and 80s were all about AI being applied in new fields. Stanford's MYCIN played doctor, diagnosing bacterial infections, while Carnegie Mellon taught cars to drive themselves - move over Elon.

Chess lights the way

In the '90s, IBM's Deep Blue beat chess champion Garry Kasparov, sending shockwaves around the world. 

The idea of a computer being competent in Chess was envisioned in the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968 - it looked like we were seeing the future unfold!

Jump to 2011, and IBM's Watson takes the Jeopardy! crown, showing AI can master any game.

2010 and onwards

The 2010s were all about deep learning.

This was AI on steroids, suddenly able to recognise faces, understand speech, and even dream up new art. The AI we know and love.

GPT-2 came along in 2019, followed by GPT-3 in 2020. Suddenly, chatting with AI became as normal as scrolling through social media.

Fast-forward to 2023, and in comes GPT-4! The most advanced model we’ve ever seen, capable of advanced reasoning.

From Coding Cogs.

What does the future hold? I get the impression we’re only just beginning.


Are we going to see a “Moore’s Law” of AI - that is, will AI double in competence every 18 months?


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Baidu, one of China’s biggest companies, is betting big on AI. Formally one of major tech giants of China, Baidu has struggled under current leadership.

Their founder, Robin Li, gave a series of speeches telling other companies to stop building AI models, and instead work together with them.

As the company struggles, it is betting on AI to help propel it back to its former heights.

Can AI make Baidu great again?

Baidu was once known as the “B” in BAT, besides Alibaba and Tencent, China’s major tech companies. But look at how revenues compare now:

Baidu’s ERNIE model is China’s answer to ChatGPT - their latest model significantly outperformed GPT 3.5, but still lags behind GPT-4.

Will Baidu turn their luck around with AI, or is one of China’s tech titans about to tumble?


ERNIE could save Baidu - it’s the most complete AI model China has yet produced.

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