Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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The Stanford Artifical Intelligence Laboratory (often known as the Stanford AI Lab or SAIL for short) was an influential early computer science research organization, at Stanford University.

It was founded in 1963 by John McCarthy, and was initially housed in the D. C. Power building (named after a person, not D. C. power), located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, over the campus.

Although focused on AI work, om which it achieved much, SAIL made a number of significant contributions in computer science generally, such as the WAITS operating system.

In 1980, SAIL was shut down as an independent institution; the famed D. C. Power building was abandoned, and the remains of the Lab were merged into Stanford's Computer Science Department, and moved into the CS Department's location in Margaret Jacks Hall on the main campus.

SAIL was re-opened in 2004.

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