What is Artificial Intelligence?

For those who don’t know (much) about this technology, this blog will hopefully help you to understand it a bit more. You have probably heard of terms like: Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence (Ai), Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Big Data, and so on. All these terms are connected with each other and part of this technological revolution. Now is the time to do something with these technological advances. The changes are moving in a very fast pace, you simply cannot sit back and watch your competition moving in the fast lane, so: step on the technological fast train!

Artificial Intelligence (Ai) is hard to define. When you Google the term ‘Ai’, you get results with various definitions. One definition we like is: “Ai is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software”. For example, translating from one language to another, analytics, robot writers, virtual experiences and self-driving cars. Experts have discovered that computers can learn on their own when given a few instructions with algorithms. Algorithms are mathematical instructions. An algorithm is a set of instructions for solving a problem or completing a process. The steps in an algorithm can be very precise and well-defined.

The methodologies behind Ai are not new though. For decades, known techniques are used in different ways to achieve great things. Because of these different techniques, Ai is hard to define, there are several techniques applicable. For example; Machine learning and Ai are not the same. Machine learning is an instrument in the Ai symphony. Machine Learning is a way of achieving Ai. This is another subject for later. For now we focus on Ai.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. – Charles Darwin

We know that Ai already reshapes our world. But which companies will lead the way? Below you find some examples of companies that are already using the power of Ai:

Apple: Siri’s virtual assistant software.

IBM: They developed Watson, a cognitive system (super computer) enabling a new partnership between people and computers.

Tesla: Self-Driving Cars, check out the video, it is amazing!

Amazon: Purchase Prediction. Amazon’s anticipatory shipping software hopes to send you items before you need them, completely obviating the need for a last-minute trip to the online store. (This technology isn’t yet in place, but it will be soon).

Spotify & Netflix: These companies offer a recommendation service based on the interests you’ve expressed and judgments you’ve made in the past.

Now you got some examples of Ai technologies. It might be no surprise, but as you can see we all use Ai already on a daily basis. Ai is everywhere and it is making a huge difference in our lives. There are some very interesting movies we recommend you to watch when you like this subject: Ex Machina, Westworld, Her, The Matrix or The Imitation Game.

Without data to learn from, Ai cannot get better. We believe that great things are possible with Ai, but we also know that the impact of Ai is immense. We want to help people and organizations to get future proof with our knowledge on Ai.

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