LEARNING BLOCK #1
Getting to Know AI
Lesson #1: An Easy Way to Understand AI
Understanding AI. One way to understand what artificial intelligence is to discuss “intelligence” and then investigate the difference between “natural” intelligence and “artificial” intelligence.
Intelligence can be defined as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills, or to solve problems. Humans use memory and thinking to make decisions and remember things, and this is called human intelligence. This type of intelligence is considered “natural,” since it has developed through the process of evolution and it wasn’t created by something else. Natural intelligence is not limited to humans, and can be exhibited in other animals as well.
While most computers rely on a person’s input through a keyboard or mouse to tell it what to do, data scientists and others have developed software that is able to learn from experiences in order to make decisions. Some computers can perform tasks that are characteristic of human intelligence, or have an “artificial” intelligence.
Lesson #2: Myths and misunderstandings about AI
Complicating people’s understanding of AI are misunderstandings that many of us have about how AI will affect us. Are the robots coming? Will AI steal our jobs? Will AI wipe off humans from the planet? Will AI devalue humanity? False, false, and false.
Lesson #3: But I don’t use AI – how we use AI in our everyday lives
In a recent survey about AI, of the adult respondents who said that they’ve never used AI before, 63% were actually using it. They just weren’t aware that they were.
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