The Origins of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
This article provides a historical background on how AAAI came into existence. It provides a rationale for why we needed our own society. It provides a list of the founding members of the community that came together to establish AAAI. Starting a new society comes with a whole range of issues and problems: What will it be called? How will it be financed? Who will run the society? What kind of activities will it engage in? and so on. This article provides a brief description of the considerations that went into making the final choices. It also provides a description of the historic first AAAI conference and the people that made it happen.
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