AI- Artificial Intelligence- we’ve all come across this term at some point or the other. But what do these two words really entail?
In this article, I want to put aside the hype around Artificial Intelligence: self-driving cars, virtual agents, science fiction stuff (AI producing sentient machines that will take over Earth or saving earth from destruction). You know the stuff that we hear from the media or watching movies.
I’ve been doing some research and actually digging into what Artificial Intelligence really is beyond the noise. Through this article, I’ll share an introduction of what I’ve been reading through.
So intelligence is something that comes in handy when we try to solve problems. It’s an combination of various skills: being creative, gathering knowledge, learning, drawing conclusions, making decisions, socializing, etc. Though there still is a lot of debate around what the exact definition of Intelligence is. I like to think of intelligence having three basic levels: 1. Gather relevant information from your environment 2. Process and Learn from that information 3. Make some meaningful decisions and perform some action By performing these three steps on a loop we essentially “learn” to do something and perfect a skill.
Let’s connect this definition of AI to machines. An Artificial Intelligence system is essentially one that takes in information (either fed to it or it gathers information through sensors/on its own), then performs some processing, and learning from it, draws out meaningful conclusions, and maybe perform some meaningful action.