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AI Explained in 140 Characters

There is a lot of information out there about AI: what it is, what it’s not, and multiple definitions that fit different contexts and markets. This short, easy-to-digest explanation is based on thorough research and understanding of the field:  “Simply put, artificial intelligence covers a broad range of evolving technologies that combine stats, data, and modern computing power to transform human potential.”  This explanation draws from a variety […]

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September 30, 2019

There is a lot of information out there about AI: what it is, what its not, and multiple definitions that fit different contexts and markets. This short, easy-to-digest explanation is based on thorough research and understanding of the field: 

“Simply put, artificial intelligence covers a broad range of evolving technologies that combine stats, data, and modern computing power to transform human potential.” 

This explanation draws from a variety of definitions, including:

It’s challenging to define artificial intelligence.

First, intelligence is hard to define, so artificial intelligence is even harder. Definitions of intelligence exist, but the term is used in a variety of contexts and not always in the same way.  

Second, how people use the term and what they mean by it changes over time. For example, is using the current traffic flow to calculate the fastest route home artificial intelligence? It is a form of AI, but it is so commonplace today that many people don’t consider it to be. 

Third, people use many terms synonymously, like artificial intelligenceaugmented intelligencemachine learningdeep learning and data scienceIt can be very difficult to establish a shared understanding of all these terms. 

So, why this explanation? 

A final note:

Here at Excella, we are focused on identifying creative technology solutions which will solve business problems – and this includes using AI.

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