And how does AI work?
It started in 1966 as Shakey: the first robot able to do things with purpose rather than just following instructions. The things Shakey could do were limited. It could turn lights on/off and push boxes around.
Artificial intelligence allows computers to mimic human intelligence and has empowered them with decision-making, reasoning and perception. And this newly developed capability to learn, plan and solve problems means computers can now quickly solve human tasks, thus freeing up more of our time.
What is artificial intelligence used for today? Well, in recent years, artificial intelligence technology has become present almost everywhere in our tech products. Think search engine query suggestions, image recognition and chatbots — you’ve even got smart compose for emails lately that suggests full phrases.
AI research has included applications in machine-assistant content creation, assisted communication and personalised learning helpers. With all the developments in text and speech recognition, AI is now in your pocket, smart speakers and smart home appliances. Even Shakey’s technologies like “bump detectors” and range finders can be found in today’s robot vacuum cleaners.
And with the massive amounts of data being collected all over the world, AI is getting smarter, more capable and more widely adopted. In fact, the AI market worldwide was valued at €91 billion last year. With new developments in autonomous transportation, medicine and even entertainment, the need for AI specialists is skyrocketing.