Tech Corner: October 2023
Topic: What the heck is AI?
Without a doubt, you’ve heard the phrase or someone talk about it recently and if you are like the majority of society, you’re asking the same question, What the Heck is AI?
So, without diving into it too deep, let’s just stay on the surface of AI, or Artificial Intelligence, and understand the basic of what it is, how it works, and where it’s being utilized.
Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation or approximation of human intelligence in machines. Artificial intelligence is the science of making machines that can think like humans. It can do things that are considered “smart.” AI technology can process large amounts of data in ways that humans cannot.
AI has been in the making since the early 1900s and began being utilized for the first time, around the 1950s. 2023 has become an explosive year for growth, primarily due to availability of massive amounts of data and the rise in need for machine learning. Along with the advancements and merging of AI with other emerging technologies, such as Blockchain and 5G Technology.
AI can be categorized in the following tasks:
- Acting like a human
- Thinking like a human
- Thinking rationally
- Acting rationally
The goal for AI is to be able to do things such as recognize patterns, make decisions, and judge like humans. Some of these tasks include computer-enhanced learning, reasoning, and perception. AI is being used across numerous industries and environments today.
Some of those usages are:
- Manufacturing robots.
- Self-driving cars.
- Smart assistants.
- Healthcare management.
- Automated financial investing.
- Virtual travel booking agent.
- Social media monitoring.
- Marketing chatbots
Hopefully the next time someone brings up the topic of AI, you now have basic understanding of what it is to be able to take part in the discussion and share your new found knowledge!