Artificially intelligent: A brief glossary of the ideas behind AI

What if the scariest thing about AI is the vocabulary test?Sure, some people worry about machines putting an end to humanity as we know it, but that may be no more likely than a Mayan-predicted apocalypse. Artificial intelligence, though, may actually bring us lots of things we’ll like: self-driving cars, caregivers for the sick, personal assistants that know exactly what you need, when you need it.Yes, there is math and science, and a lot of it, behind the current boom in AI research, products and services. But you don’t have to have a Ph.D. to get a handle on the basic ideas.Here’s a quick rundown of some notions you should know.agent Software that reacts to things happening around it without the direct instruction of a user. A step beyond conventional…


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