What is AI?

Think of a cake recipe: it has a list of ingredients and instructions. Following the recipe produces a cake. In computer science, the ingredients are our data, the instructions are called algorithms, and the whole recipe is our program. What’s the cake then? It’s the output of the program.

Artificial intelligence is in fact a whole cookbook filled with different algorithms and data!

There is no official definition for what artificial intelligence is. In research, AI is the computational discipline that focuses on the ability of computers and machines to “think”, recognising patterns and relationships in data and to learn from them and to make predictions.

The “intelligence” in modern AI mainly comes from two properties: autonomy and adaptability.

Autonomy is the ability for the program to perform tasks in complex environments without constant guidance by a human user.

Adaptability is a program’s ability to improve performance by learning from experience.

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