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In a very short time, AI has evolved from an abstract idea to a practical tool. This demands legal thinking that can account for its use. AI as a concept began in the 1950s when well-known mathematician and scientist Alan Turing conceptualized using computers to simulate intelligent behavior and critical thinking. However, even though labs developed checkers and chess programs in the 1950s and rudimentary chatbots by the 1960s, hardware and software constraints made AI inaccessible to most people until the 2000s, when developers began to integrate deep learning into AI applications. Today, cell phones, computers, and other intelligent machines perform complicated functions that once only inhabited human imagination and (science) fiction. For example, map applications use AI to help drivers efficiently navigate traffic; social media applications use AI in facial recognition functions; digital devices use AI for voice recognition commands; and cars are increasingly self-driving with the help of AI. In addition, businesses use AI to predict consumer trends, monitor employees, and make important financial decisions such as approving loans and deciding customers’ insurance policies. The potential applications of AI are still being realized, and the possibilities seem endless.Continue Reading An Overview of AI