I am sure that over the last year you have heard the term AI Artificial Intelligence but do you know what it means?

AI Artificial Intelligence

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is the field of study of intelligence displayed by machines. This is in contrast with the natural intelligence displayed by humans and other animals.  Some folks think that AI will be the end of the world.  Others think that it’ll be the best thing since sliced bread.  The truth is probably somewhere in between, but there is no doubt it will change the world.

To varying degrees we all use AI Artificial Intelligence everyday.  If you ask Siri a question you are interacting with artificial intelligence.  Chat bots, video games, fraud detection, and netflix all employ some AI.

In computer science AI research is defined as the study of intelligent agents.  These are any devices that perceive their environment.  AI artificial intelligence happens when a machine mimics cognitive functions associated with  human minds.  Things like learning and problem solving.

AI artificial intelligence has applications in:

  • Optical character recognition.
  • Handwriting recognition.
  • Speech recognition.
  • Face recognition.
  • Artificial creativity.
  • Computer vision, Virtual reality and Image processing.
  • Diagnosis (artificial intelligence)
  • Game theory and Strategic planning.

Some AI Artificial Intelligence jobs are understanding human speech, military simulations, and autonomous cars. competing at chess, intelligent routing and interpreting complex data are also AI tasks.  Stephen Hawking thinks that:

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate.

And he is certainly smarter than I am so… Elon Musk and Bill Gates also have concerns about how Artificial Intelligence could negatively influence society.  For this danger to be realized, the hypothetical AI would have to overpower or out-think all of humanity.