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Artificial Intelligence: How realistic is the claim that AI will change our lives?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) stakes a claim on productivity, corporate dominance, and economic prosperity with Shakespearean drama. AI will change the way you work and spend your leisure time and puts a claim on your identity.First, an AI primer.
What is Intelligence?
Let’s define intelligence, before we get onto the artificial kind. Intelligence is the ability to learn. Our senses absorb data about the world around us. We can take a few data points and make conceptual leaps. We see light, feel heat, and infer the notion of “summer.”Our expressive abilities provide feedback, i.e., our data outputs. Intelligence is built on data. When children play, they engage in endless feedback loops through which they learn. Computers too, are deemed intelligent if they can compute, conceptualise, see and speak. A particularly fruitful area of AI is getting machines to enjoy the same sensory experiences that we have. Machines can do this, but they require vast amounts of data. They do it by brute force, not cleverness. For example, they determine the image of a cat by breaking pixel data into little steps and repeat until done. …
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