autonomous | adjective | au·ton·o·mous

: existing or acting separately from other things or people

: having the power or right to govern itself

: existing or capable of existing independently <an autonomous zooid>

: responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole

<an autonomous growth>



automaton | noun | au·tom·a·ton

: a machine that can move by itself

: a person who acts in a mechanical or machinelike way

1: a mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially :  robot

2: a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions

3: an individual who acts in a mechanical fashion

plural au·tom·atons or au·tom·a·ta

Latin, from Greek, neuter of automatos

First Known Use: 1611



artificial intelligence | noun

: an area of computer science that deals with giving machines the ability to seem like they have human intelligence

: the power of a machine to copy intelligent human behavior

1: a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers

2: the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior

Example: a robot with artificial intelligence.

First Known Use of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE in the year 1956




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