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The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) is an office dedicated to researching new artificial intelligence trends and other technological advancements to determine how computing will change over the next half-century. The project comes out of two individual MIT projects: its Laboratory for Computer Science, founded in 1963, and its Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, founded in 1959.
Both of the above MIT labs made significant contributions to IT development before their eventual merger. Early on, the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science developed collaborative technologies such as Compatible Time Sharing Systems (CTSS), while the AI lab worked on projects such as surgical applications for AI and natural language processing functionality.
Generally, the two offices started to collaborate more, and in 2003, the new joint office was built. In a statement to the public, MIT CSAIL director Danielle Rus talks about how a vibrant community of over 1,000 researchers contributes to all of the consumer technologies that people take for granted on a daily basis, and how the MIT CSAIL keeps working toward the next new wave of emergent technologies.