Nasrullah Iqbal on the History and Future of AI

Published April 14, 2023


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Before the easter break we had the pleasure to welcome Nasrullah Iqbal as our very first expert speaker at AITU. Nasrullah is a veteran in the field of artificial intelligence: After completing his studies in software engineering and AI in 2006, he went on to apply his knowledge in industry and currently works as an Enterprise Architect at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. 🌊

At AITU, Nasrullah talked about the history of artificial intelligence from the early 20th century to the present day. It was exicting to hear how humans have always tried to teach machines how to autonomously solve problems and it was insightful to see the many (failed) attempts over the years, like coding a huge knowledge-based system through a logical programming language like Prolog.

For many of AITU’s members the idea that artificial intelligence is not a new field of research and that a lot of the terminology comes already from the previous century was really surprising. Nasrullah pointed out that a good deal of today’s advances are based on theories and ideas that have been around for decades, but only now flourish because of advances in computing power and the wide-spread availability of data through the rise of the Internet in the 2000s.

After his talk we had the great opportunity to ask him questions about his career, the future of AI and the current state of the field. Thanks Nasrullah for this insightful talk and sharing your knowledge with us. 🙌

Nasrullah Iqbal

Nasrullah talking about the history of AI in front of AITU 🙌

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