Over the last few years, artificial intelligence has become a major player in many spheres—industry, commerce, social media, arts and entertainment, among others—and its influence is certain to become both broader and deeper. Many of these advances are for the common good, but some, less so. The aim of this course is to explain what AI is, examine its trajectory, and set expectations for its impact on society in general and jobs in particular. We will look at both narrow and general AI; what makes AI different from traditional IT/programming; a brief history of AI from Turing forward; some case studies, successful and otherwise; the footprint of AI (both overt and covert) today; and where AI is headed, as forecast by academics and industry specialists. Along the way, we will look at classic AI milestones, AI in games, as well as the current state of the art. We will end by considering the “singularity,” the point in time predicted by some when AI growth becomes uncontrollable. | Lecture + Q&A.