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MIT 6.034 Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2010
View the complete course: http://ocw.mit.edu/6-034F10
Instructor: Patrick Winston

In this lecture, Prof. Winston introduces artificial intelligence and provides a brief history of the field. The last ten minutes are devoted to information about the course at MIT.

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MIT OpenCourseWare says:

+Ella Shar The 6.034 course has 6.01 and 18.02 for prerequisites. You must
be able to program in Python, and understand search algorithms
(depth-first, breadth-first, uniform-cost, A*) and basic probability and
state estimation (covered in 6.01). You will also need to know what the
chain rule is and partial derivatives and dot products (covered in 18.02).

DroidSage says:

wow ..it’s such an overwhelming feeling for a guy like me ..who had no
chance in hell of ever getting into MIT or any other ivy’s to be able to
listen and learn from this lectures online and that too free. :’)

ArtjomGlad says:

Dude needs to do some cardio. He is breathing heavy after 1 minute of

seeibe says:

Gosh dang, watched half an hour of this and already feel like I’ve learned
more than in a 90 minute lecture at my uni. MIT, why must you be on a
different continent? :(

John Johnson says:

You can’t create free thinking algorithms by telling it to be a free
thinking algorithm. You have to drop it into a world of pain, want, and
desire. Frankly, creating AI would be one of the most horrible things
human beings would ever do.

rafaielw says:

Making Fun of Mechanical engineers , Why …why always me T_T

Fernando lopez soria says:

lol when a hearthstone bot defeats trump is hilarius 😛 man vs machine

Mumba says:

Thank you MIT … this means a lot to me. It’s amazing to watch this video
from my apartment but I have no doubt that sitting there in the class would
be nothing like anything. Thank God … finally I am realising where I want
to be :)

greywolf271 says:

This lecture is Absolutely Incredible, owes so much to Patrick’s teaching

Vitaly Murashov says:

How to make our AI smarter? You need to add some survival to algorithms.
The one thing what people always do they’re trying to survive. Any
biological form has life and death. That’s what AI algorithms should do in
the first place. Great instructor by the way. Thanks for sharing.

spitfires bloodyrule says:

Not to complain, but rocket technology is classified, while courses on AI
are free and readily availible…

Rafi Islam says:

To the people who have completed this series of lectures and the Machine
Learning ones from Stanford (CS229). How would you rate this one to CS 229?
How would you rate this series overall?

Sicheng He says:

Gradually the cloth came out ;)

Karl Morrison says:

Truly sad to see a MIT lecturer say “no laptops”. Let the person decide
themselves if it’s a benefit for them, they are grown ups and are
responsible for their education, just as long as they don’t distract anyone
else in the class.

Petar Nakev says:

wow,im smarter

Jordan Taylor says:

Did he really say ‘control the world’? ‘Embarrass your [colleagues]’? I
can’t listen to someone whose ego knows no bounds. This attitude is what
causes suffering. What a sad man.

gbushimprov says:

For anyone wondering, Thane of Cawdor is a title given to Macbeth by King
Duncan in the Shakespeare play.

Julien Reszka says:

14:00 “The Rumpelstiltskin Principle”

Mark Shamy says:

I’m so grateful that MIT puts these lectures online for free.

AdventureThroughLife says:

The irony of watching this on a laptop n.n

Caksha courses says:

We found this video very usefull so we have added this to our course at

Kyle McKenzie says:

This gentleman is one of the most engaging lecturers I’ve ever seen.
Lecture 1 and I’m wholly engaged!!

Lestari Ns says:

It’s interesting. I love the demostration part. The professor has good
sense of humor

Ella Shar says:

Who is this class for? Is this a first year class or does it require any
prior knowledge? Thanks

Kon Berner says:

Great teacher!

Apurva Dubey says:

He is an amazing teacher

Jim S. says:

Did anyone do this course? Were you able to do the assignments without
videos of the smaller recitations/tutorials?

Asha Mathew says:


What is artificial intelligence?« Back to Questions List
Intelligence may have a lot of definitions. One among them is the ability
to think, react and respond to a situation. Humans have the tendency to
learn, apply thought, learn from previous results and make correct
decisions. Artificial intelligence (AI) is all about making machines
intelligent by programming them to work as if they were human.

Artificial intelligence began in 1950 by a scientist Allen Newell as
experimental field. Ever since, lots of innovations are happening in this
field. Video games, robotics, medical diagnosis, toys and many more
applications are based on Artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence
minimizes the need for human intervention for applications where machines
are programmed to act intelligently. Today computers can do innumerable
tasks with intelligence with the help of necessary input from its user.

We live in a modern world where most of the sectors including banking,
railways, telecommunications, airways, weather systems and lots more have
been automated using Artificial intelligence. For instance, Artificial
intelligence used in automated railway enquiry system provides information
about the arrival or departure timings at different stations without human
intervention when provided with proper inputs like train number, station
code. Reservation availability can also be checked using the automated
system. Tickets can be booked on a computer. Automated banking systems help
detect credit card fraud, transfer money, check account balance and
multiple other operations related to accounts maintenance.

Artificial intelligence became a boon to game developers. Lots of video
games are thought to act according to the opponent’s moves. A computer
chess game ‘Deep Blue’ has got the pride of having once defeated world
champion Gary Kasparov. Artificial intelligence also helps physicians in
medical diagnosis in prescribing treatments and also monitoring patients.

Apart from computer programming, robotics is yet another branch of
Artificial intelligence. Robots are electro mechanical machines that can be
programmed to accomplish specific tasks. The whole idea behind robotics is
to replace human from performing monotonous as well as dangerous tasks.
They are used in military, mining, research labs, automobile manufacturing
industries, for precision cutting, detecting nuclear leaks, assisting in
brain surgeries etc.


CreationTribe says:

No laptops? At MIT? Who’s paying who for an education here?

Diego Adrian Naya Lazo says:

As a thinker I have complete gratitude for living in a time of such open
and easy to access knowledge like this. MIT’s Patrick Winston Artificial
Intelligence course.

Diegö Markis says:

How he found the ‘416 possibilities’? Some one can explain it for me?(Don’t
judge my grammar I’m learning English yet.)

Daniel Utsch says:

Are the recitations and mega recitations online somewhere to find?

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