Since computers were invented, we’ve given them information and told them what to do. What if they could decide what to do with the data themselves and become smarter in the bargain? Welcome to the world of artificial intelligence (AI).
Computers are about accurate calculations of huge, absolute numbers. They also don’t get bored with repetitive, process-driven, tasks that people tend to put off for as long as possible.
Our powers fall down when it comes to huge maths problems, or tedious tasklists – but we better our mechanical counterparts when it comes to abstract thinking and pulling meaning from data.
Artificial intelligence, as the name suggests, is the effort to make computers more like us. Instead of just feeding in huge amounts of information and telling them what we want to do with it, the point of an AI system is to use the information available, with some directives, and let it do the hard yards of organising that data into something that can be analysed for a range of business uses.
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