CIO Explainer: What is Artificial Intelligence?

Jul 18, 2016 7:32 pm ET Artificial intelligence is approximating human reasoning more and more closely all the time. Wide-scale adoption by business may be approaching, with important implications for how people live and work. AI is paving the way for new business models and raising questions about how people and machines can best work together. Now, thanks in part to cheaper and faster computing power, intelligent machines help doctors comb through troves of medical images to identify diseases early, allow manufacturers to predict when their machines will break (and fix them before that happens), and provide the “brains” behind increasingly autonomous vehicles. It’s also playing a central role in the consumer market, powering the latest virtual assistant, for example, or the engine that matches Airbnb guests with the housing they…


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