What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to machines that are programmed to think like humans - to mimic human thought patterns and processes. This includes learning, reasoning, perception, and other problem-solving abilities typically associated with the human mind. Algorithms are at the core of AI, with simple algorithms used for elementary functions, and more complex ones used in applications that require more complicated thought processes.

The technology behind AI is rapidly improving. A 2019 GigaOm study noted that, “in the last six years the amount of compute utilized in the largest AI training models has increased exponentially, doubling every hundred days.” As a result, the level of compute has increased 300,000-fold since 2012. As the technology advances, what we define as “AI” evolves along with it.

Why Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reconstructing computing applications. AI technologies are setting the standard for today’s smart homes by connecting objects like TVs, refrigerators, and heating systems, and using sensors to gather their data. AI is driving a new generation of wearables and invisibles that will go far beyond today’s smart watches and fitness trackers. And AI is enabling digital experiences on smartphones in ways that enrich our daily lives with innovation and creativity.

The value of AI is not limited to specific use cases. It extends across entire industries. AI is being used across the healthcare sector for everything from patient evaluations to surgical procedures. In the automotive industry, it’s being leveraged throughout self-driving vehicles. AI serves most industries through its ability to use data to estimate the outcome of any action before it’s taken, and to later evaluate and learn from the results of those actions.

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