What Is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence Defined

Artificial Intelligence or AI refers to the programming of machines to simulate human intelligence, with the aim for machines to think like humans and to mimic their actions. AI can also be applied to any machine that exhibits human intelligence traits such as learning and problem-solving.

Artificial intelligence can be divided into two different categories:

  • Weak: Weak AI is the system programming of a machine to carry out a particular job. These include, video games and virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s Siri.
  • Strong: Strong AI are systems that are programmed to carry out tasks that are considered to be human-like. These tasks are more complicated and complex in nature. These types of AI systems are programmed to carry out problem solving situations without the need of human intervention, as the machine’s intellectual capability is functionally equal to a human’s. These situations include self-driving cars or car manufacturing machines.

AI functions by combining large amounts of data with fast, iterative processing and algorithms, allowing the software to learn automatically from patterns in the data.

AI is a broad field of study that includes:

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