Artificial intelligence: a detailed explainer, with a human point of view

Is artificial intelligence, AI, a threat to our way of life, or a blessing? AI seeks to replicate and maybe replace what human intelligence does best: make complex decisions. Currently, human decision-making processes may include some means of AI as support or backup. But AI could also be “let out of the box” to act on its own in making intricate, possibly life-effecting or conflict-causing decisions.

Defining and quantifying human intelligence is the realm of philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. Humans can think, learn, reason, and understand. They also have enhanced abilities to recognize patterns, to plan actions, and to solve problems. What then is AI? AI describes something a computer or a machine does upon interacting with the environment to achieve certain goals by means that mimic human cognitive functions.

Google Dictionary’s definition is clear: “The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such

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