With technology increasingly making significant leaps forward in our daily lives, it’s not hard to see why many believe AI is poised to be the dominant force in the next few decades.
But what exactly does AI mean?
What is Artificial Intelligence?
In the words of a recent paper, “Artificial Intelligence: A Visionary Guide to the Future” it describes a “system” that can learn from its experience and be used to “improve and accelerate the performance of all aspects of the human experience”.
That might seem like a pretty simplistic definition of what AI is, but what does this actually mean?
It’s a big question, one which I’ve spent a fair bit of time pondering, but I’m going to try and answer it here.
The first thing to understand is that we’re talking about artificial intelligence here.
In AI terms, it describes the ability of a computer to “think” itself up, and then to make decisions about how to behave in certain situations.
For instance, the way in which the car drives itself, the algorithm that determines the direction and speed of the car.
Or, the ability for the brain to make predictions about the future that have implications for our everyday lives.
But to truly understand the term, it helps to think of AI as a system, rather than just a collection of machines.
In this way, we’re more closely aligned with the technology we use to control our devices.
For instance, a smartphone or a laptop is a system.
That’s a computer, with many parts, and its functions are limited to simple tasks.
The same is true of computers in general.
In the case of a smartphone, the software is more like a hardware interface, and there’s a lot of hardware involved.
In the case at hand, the task is to figure out what to do with the data that has been collected over time by our smartphones.
It’s not just a hardware function, either.
When a person uses their smartphone to perform a task, it can be used for any purpose, and that includes “driving”, “shopping”, or “making a phone call”.
But there are also applications, like video chatting, where there’s more to the story.
This is why it’s important to realise that the technology isn’t just an individual device, or even a piece of hardware.
Rather, it is a collection, or “collection” of “things”.
These are the applications, services, and data that are being used by the device.
What are these things?
The idea is that when we interact with a computer or a phone, it “works” by processing information in the form of inputs, and outputs the result.
For example, the input is “what to do”, and the output is the output.
So when we say we want to make a phonecall, the phone sends us a request, which is then processed by the phone’s own “processing unit”.
The processing unit then sends out a message to the phone, asking it to “make a call”.
This “call” is then recorded by the camera on the phone and stored in the phone.
The processing units “processing units” can be anything, from cameras to microphones, so it’s impossible to say exactly what kind of software is powering the system.
But we can at least start to understand what these systems are doing, and what they’re doing is processing the information from the user’s phone.
As it turns out, there are lots of different kinds of processing units.
But there’s one thing we can all agree on: the phone is a very powerful device, and the software that runs on it is incredibly powerful, too.
We can all be a bit confused by the word “processing” here.
For example, a video call is typically processed in the background by the video camera, and sometimes the phone also receives a video request.
But in most cases, the video call doesn’t need to be processed by a camera.
The most important thing is that the phone itself is the unit that “processes” the video request, and, in many cases, sends it back to the user.
The reason we’re “processing”, as opposed to just receiving a video signal, is because the phone doesn’t “talk” to the camera.
Instead, it listens for a “call”.
In the process of doing this, it sends a “ping” signal, meaning that it knows that the camera is listening for a call, and it can respond to that call.
The “caller” on the other hand, is actually just a simple piece of software that is constantly monitoring the video feed from the phone (via an antenna, or some other form of hardware), and processing the data sent back.
Now, that’s the very basics.
But how does this all fit together?
Well, that depends on how you look at it.
In some cases, it may make sense to have a single process running for everything from sending a video message to sending a phone