Crash Course in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Despite grave warnings from the likes of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) apocalypse hasn’t arrived quite yet. However, AI is advancing in new ways to help us. From predicting earthquakes to improving cancer diagnoses, here are AI’s latest futuristic advances—plus the one that can help your business right now.
So what is Artificial Intelligence (AI), anyway?
You already know the Hollywood examples, from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Borg in Star Trek, and Skynet in the Terminator. But real-life AI isn’t quite that advanced yet (and, fortunately, not as bad-tempered either). AI falls into two basic camps: Strong AI and Weak AI. Strong AI is programming that can mimic the way the human mind works—and it doesn’t exist yet. Weak AI are systems that can behave like humans, but they don’t operate like a human brain. However, there are weak AI systems that are approaching an “in-between” level—ones that are inspired by human reasoning even if they don’t quite work the same way—and that’s where the most exciting research is happening right now.
Games and gambling
Whether it’s picking the best horse or breaking records, AI is learning to beat us at our own games:
Can AI help us make scientific breakthroughs on this planet—and others:
Could it help medical professionals save lives? Researchers are banking on AI:
Eighty-five percent of customer interactions will be handled without a human by 2020. That’s why chatbots are the most important AI your company can invest in right now:
So don’t fear our robot overlords… yet. Whether it’s catching a disease in its early stages or negotiating a good price on a condo, artificial intelligence could soon be making our lives much, much better. Living in the future is great, right?
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