Top 5 FAQs on Artificial Intelligence Answered

What is artificial intelligence? Wikipedia defines it as "Artificial intelligence (AI), is intelligence demonstrated by machines, unlike the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals, which involves consciousness and emotionality. It is often used to describe machines (or computers) that mimic "cognitive" functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as learning and problem solving."

In other words, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be defined as the technology that makes machines capable of simulating human intelligence and even thinking like humans and performing their actions. One technology that has had one of the biggest impacts on human life, AI is easily the most revolutionary technology of our times. However, there still many facets of AI that are not understood by most of us, as many of us have a hard time understanding how a technology can make such a huge difference. Here we bring to you the top 5 FAQs on artificial intelligence.

1] What are the different types of artificial intelligence technology?

Artificial intelligence is extremely vast and its capabilities are beyond what we can imagine. This capability is used as the criteria for the classification of AI and the following are the 7 types of AI.

  • Reactive
  • Limited Memory
  • Theory of Mind
  • Self Aware
  • Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI)
  • Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)
  • Artificial Superintelligence (ASI)

2] How does AI help enterprises manage Big Data?

Well, you must have heard countless times about how AI is the way to go when it comes to managing the challenges of Big Data by the enterprises. Well, the fact is that since enterprise data is unstructured data that cannot be processes or analyzed by the conventional keyword-based method, you need a more sophisticated method that is able to understand even the most complex data structures. This is where AI steps in. The new age enterprise search platforms are powered by AI, which makes them capable of handling the most complex unstructured enterprise data with ease.

3] Can artificial intelligence compete with human intelligence?

At present, artificial intelligence has only been able to mimic human intelligence, albeit to a large extent – AI is yet to reach the potential to replace human intelligence. However, what we see today is only a fraction of the capability of AI and it is also witnessing rapid advancements. Richard Baldwin, in his book The Globotics Upheaval, writes, "AI will disrupt lives more than globalization, industrialization, and automation did. While he believes that the changes are inevitable, there are adaptive strategies that can be used, employing the skills that no machine can copy; creativity and independent thought."

4] What is the Future of AI?

One of the most complex and awe-inspiring technology to have ever been created, AI holds tremendous potential – far greater than what you and me can imagine now, and far beyond what those sci-fi films tell you. With so much of its potential still remaining unexplored, it is just impossible to predict how big an impact it can have on our lives in the future. AI is already changing our lives for the better in every way, and all we can say right now is that AI will power the creation of an entirely different world a few years down the line.

5] What is the general nature of the concern about AI safety?

Well, AI is becoming so powerful so fast, that it is becoming a cause for concern for some, who are afraid AI devices will end up becoming more powerful than the human intelligence and beat us in our own game. In other words, people are concerned about the fact that one day, the artificial intelligence that we create today, will come back to haunt as, because these devices are becoming smarter by the day. If one day these intelligent machines acquire self-awareness, then they might no longer do what they are told to do. They will have a mind of their own and might even turn against us.

So, that was about the answers to some of the common interesting questions on artificial intelligence. Do you have a question on AI? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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