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Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is the science of computer algorithms looking to replicate and mimic human behaviors.

It originates from the Turing test.

This test holds that if a human conversing with individuals she can not see; one is a computer and another one a human; and she can not tell which is human and which is computer, then the computer can be said to be intelligent; having displayed human like qualities.

How does it work?

Artificial intelligence or AI is obtained through a series of codes and programming languages. Such programming languages might include Python, Prolog, LISP, Java and C++. The series of codes is then fed different types of data. Some data is structured, some data is unstructured so the AI has enough information to make decisions, just like a human would. The goal of this data feed is to teach the AI to react or perform a certain way, just like a child is taught right from wrong through teaching and experiences.

What do you do with it?

In the case of AI, the ability to make decisions today, extends to the ability to make predictions. For this reason, AI is typically fed a substantial amount of data, so it can recognize patterns and make predictions on topics such as: weather, health, traffic, stock prices, crime rate etc…

What are companies doing with it?

Thanks to AI, companies can automate redundant tasks typically performed by humans.

They can delegate decision making that involve substantial amount of data, impossible to consume by a normal human brain, to a computer.

They can make a predictive analysis of the probability of success or failure of a particular task and or process to better plan for the future better.

The applications of AI extend to robotics, which is the ability for robot to replace a human to carry on tasks or physical activities or operate in hazardous of environments that are typically dangerous for the human body.

Finally, AI can be used to improve a variety of sectors including finance, manufacturing, healthcare, supply chain, car automation, customer services and more…

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