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AI Explained: The Who, What, When, Where and Why?

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Jessica Ter
AI Explained: The Who, What, When, Where and Why?

What are your first initial thoughts when you hear the words artificial intelligence?

Robots? The Terminator? Alexa? Will Smith in that robot movie?

According to the Professor of Philosophy and author of Artificial Intelligence from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, B.J. Copeland defines artificial intelligence (AI) as 'the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings.'

Still confused? Look, we don't blame you.

In this week's instalment, we uncover the who, what, when, where and why of AI.

Who and What?

At its core, AI is a replication or simulation of human intelligence in machines. It is a form of technology or computer system that has the ability to perform tasks that ordinarily require human intelligence. Pretty cool right?

This system is mostly powered by machine learning. What's machine learning I hear you ask? Think of machine learning as a recipe, a set of algorithms or ingredients that attempt to mimic human intelligence. Simply put, machine learning feeds a computer information and uses statistical techniques to teach the AI to get progressively better at a task.


These days, like Donna - AI has the ability to function without any time constraints. AI doesn't need to eat, sleep (rave repeat). AI is free of illness, procrastination, boredom, and will never complain about having too much work on its hands. The benefit of this is AI systems such as Donna have the power to manage our daily tasks instantly and automatically, despite external constraints that affect us as people.


As society has grown increasingly more dependent on technology, AI has seamlessly already been integrated into our daily lives. Ever ordered an Uber? AI predicts and provides your pick up wait time. Pilots on commercial flights commonly use AI autopilot, even your mobile phone uses AI to predict and suggest emojis in context to your conversation! AI is everywhere around us.


It's quite obvious isn't it? AI makes our life easier! It handles the mundane tasks for us, relieves us from the heavy lifting and trivial thinking. Gosh, if only AI could unpack the dishwasher and put the kids to bed too!

So perhaps it's time to coin the term Man VS Machine to Man WITH Machine.