If you have ever clicked on a Facebook Ad, a recommendation on Spotify or Netflix or a shorter route on Google Maps, then you have interacted with an AI. The million dollar question is- what is an AI really? We are taking it back to basics in this unit you and will get a general understanding of what an AI is.
List a few tasks that require you to think: making choices, recognizing objects, having a conversation or perhaps translating words. All of these tasks require human intelligence aka require us to use our brains. So what is artificial intelligence you ask? Now, if we think about the word “artificial, it refers to something that is not naturally occurring in the world- basically something made or created by humans.
An artificially intelligent is a computer system that is able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages (English Oxford Living Dictionary).
How does it really work?
Long story short, biological neural networks in the human brain help us think and make connections; similarly, artificial neural networks work to make sense of large sums of information or data.