What is AI and why it matters more than you think.

I’m guessing you have recently been seeing a lot of AI posts on Facebook and wondering why. There is simple explanation: AI is about to change the world as we know it. And everyone should learn the basics. So here they are.

AI easily explained

Until now, we had to program machines to do any tasks, like your Facebook application, your toaster or your phone. Additionally, due to programming constraints, many tasks were out of reach, or just awfully not working (remember speech recognition 10 years ago ?).

AI changed the game, now we do not need to write programs for everything we do. We can solve much harder problem like Speech recognition, Language understanding and Language translation just by teaching machines.

Yes, machines can learn, let me explain.

How does it work

Don’t get me wrong, machine can learn, but they are slow and need a lot of training.

This is what the brain of an advanced AI looks like. There are some awful mathematics and probabilities behind that. Let’s stay out of this and focus on the essential.

There is not just one type of AI. Actually each AI type has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The AI that detects spam in your inbox (yes it’s an AI) is called Machine Learning and is totally different from the AI that can understand your voice.

You might not suspect it, but AI serves millions of users every day. It isn’t a sci fi dream anymore, it is real.

What should I do

Stay calm, AIs are not going to invade us for at least another 100 years. The real issue today are the jobs that AI is going to replace. If you think your jobs cannot be done by an AI, do some google research and think again.

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