The term “AI” (Artificial Intelligence) has been crowned the Word of the Year after its usage quadrupled in 2023, according to a report by the BBC, citing the authors of the Collins Dictionary.
“This year, we’ve seen AI not only come into sharp focus but rapidly become as omnipresent and embedded in our lives as technologies like email, streaming, or any once-futuristic-now-daily tech,” stated Alex Bickroft, the director of Collins Dictionary.
The selection of “AI” as the Word of the Year coincides with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hosting an artificial intelligence summit, gathering representatives from over a hundred countries worldwide. The summit sees participation from global leaders, tech company executives, and AI researchers. The core agenda revolves around leveraging the vast potential of this powerful technology while minimising its associated risks.
The “Word of the Year” is chosen based on what has predominantly captivated humanity during that particular year.