11 Jun Artificial Intelligence: Broken Down

When you hear “artificial intelligence” what pops into your mind? Elon Musk? iRobot? Tony Stark’s Jarvis? What if I told you AI was everywhere in your daily life? Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence is causing a scientific revolution.

These things range from fun things, like having a computer beat a level of Super Mario or it can be amazing things such as detecting cancer. In order to accept artificial intelligence gracefully, you will need to understand it. Here’s a very simple breakdown of how Artificial Intelligence really works.

Artificial Intelligence is exactly what is sounds like – an artificial source mimicking the human mind. AI builds off of prior experience. Think about when you were a child and you were riding your bike but when you fell and skinned your knees, you knew next time to put knee pads on. In very simple terms, that’s what AI does.

How Does Artificial Intelligence Work?

According to Singularity University, engineers typically provide their AI machines with three abilities:

  1. Perceive their surrounding environment
  2. Detect patterns in the environment
  3. Learn from these patterns and update experiential data

A major advantage to AI is the lack of mental fatigue that humans experience, says Singularity University. These machines lack bias, fatigue, and other human “weaknesses” such as a need for a break. AI’s can be going all day, everyday. That may sound absurd, but keep in mind that simple technology like photo tagging suggestions is actually an AI algorithm.

You may be wondering what else in your life is AI that you didn’t know about. You may be surprised that there are some old concepts here from well before what we know as AI was a legitimate idea. Here’s a short list of things in your everyday life that use AI;

  • Autopilot on a plane
  • Spam Filters
  • Mobile check deposit
  • Talk-to-text
  • Store Recommendations

Some of these, such as autopilot have been around since 1914! AI is not as new as many of us think it is! These advances are exciting, think about how easy many things in the future will be!

What are some of your favorite AI inventions? Let us know in the comments below.