1.5 What Is AI?
AI systems have gained a lot of attention in recent years. Yet, AI is by no means new. As early as 1956, the US computer science professor John McCarthy coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” when he entitled a conference in New Hampshire the “Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence”. But what is AI actually? We explore this in the following video.
Progress in the field of AI is due in particular to the availability of data, more powerful computers, and new algorithms. Machine learning techniques in particular are responsible for the current hype. You know terms like smart home, smartphone, smart city – they have the designation “smart” because their behaviour is based on machine learning, and thus they adapt to their environment.
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Machine learning is the buzzword the smart community is an example of the discourse on machine learning.
Can we really speak of machine learning when we humans select the data categories for which data is collected and compared? Who learns in the process?
Good question Christine. Its true we select the data to train the computers for machine learning. But what the AI does with that data is not so clear. Thats why we get so much bias – which is often unintentional on the part of developers. But even so I agree with you that machines cant really be said to learn – that is a human property and much more complicated! I think its interesting that there seem to be an emerging movement around digital humanism – see for example https://dighum.ec.tuwien.ac.at/