AI winter

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By analogy to the idea of a nuclear winter.


AI winter (plural AI winters)

  1. (artificial intelligence, economics) A period of reduced funding and interest in artificial intelligence research.
    • 1985, AI Trends, volume 2-3, page 3:
      A lot of people are talking about — actually have been talking about — a particular scenario of the artificial intelligence industry known as the "AI Winter."
    • 2016 July 17, John Markoff, “Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Their products offered little business value at the time, and so the commercial enthusiasm ended in disappointment, leading to a period now referred to as the “A.I. Winter.”