Artificial intelligence explained

By Kaye Foley When it comes to the future of artificial intelligence, the ultimate battle between man and machine may come to mind — but that’s really the stuff of science fiction. AI actually has a presence in our daily lives on a much more useful and less apocalyptic level. Think personal assistant devices and apps like Alexa, Cortana and Siri, web search predictions, movie suggestions on Netflix and self-driving cars. The term “artificial intelligence” was coined back in 1956. It describes a machine’s ability to perform intelligent behavior such as decision-making or speech recognition. In the last two decades or so, big strides have been made in artificial intelligence — from IBM’s Deep Blue computer beating chess champion Garry Kasparov and the company’s Watson computer winning “Jeopardy!” to social…


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