What is Artificial Intelligence? How Does AI Work?

“Depending on who you ask, AI is either man’s greatest invention since the discovery of fire”, as Google’s CEO said at Google’s I/O 2017 keynote, or it is a technology that might one day make man superfluous. What’s inarguable is major companies have embraced AI as if it was one of the most important discoveries ever invented. In the US, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, SAS, and Adobe have all infused AI and machine learning throughout their operations, while in China the big four – Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi – are coordinating with the government and all working on unique and almost siloed AI initiatives.

In her article Understanding Three Types of Artificial Intelligence, Anjali UJ explains “The term AI was coined by John McCarthy, an American computer scientist in 1956.” Anjali speaks of the following three types of AI, including:

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