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Artificial Intelligence 101

Artificial intelligence is changing the very foundation of how humans live.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence has recently been growing rapidly in all types of careers and departments– it’s difficult to agree on one definition. One of the most accurate definition states AI as “a theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision making, and translation between languages”.

In simple terms, artificial intelligence is basically using computers to do things that normally require human intelligence. But unlike humans, AI-powered machines don’t need to take breaks or rest. Rather they can analyze volumes of information all at once.

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Why is AI Expanding Now?

As time continues to pass and humans continue to advance, so does technology. The future that lays upon us will not be one without the help of AI and machines. Humans intrinsically want to be better and put forth a better future for their children and grandchildren. It is why AI is so sought after now because it benefits humans in more ways than one. AI technologies are now beginning to have the ability to see, hear, and comprehend. With this type of technology, humans can lay off the difficult, boring and dangerous tasks.

How is AI Changing Industries?

Artificial intelligence is impacting about every industry in the world.

  • Finance: Better customer service & less wait times; for example, when you call Peco (an electric company in Philadelphia) to report a power outage, you get connected with an automatic machine system.
  • Travel Industry: AI concierge services; some hotels have Amazon’s Alexa equipped in hotel rooms.
  • Health Care: robot-assisted surgery
  • Transportation: self-driving cars
  • Retail: self-checkout services; Amazon Go Grocery Store
  • Education: personalized learning platformsImage result for artificial intelligence

Why Should We Care?

Artificial intelligence is changing the very foundation of how humans live. It is essential for us to know that AI needs to be regulated and ethically safe. It is better to be aware than uninformed. We should not get left behind in the age of AI.


  1. Pencils, Robots and. “What Is Artificial Intelligence and Why Should I Care?” RoboPress,    RoboPress, 23 Feb. 2018, robopress.robotsandpencils.com/what-is-artificial-intelligence-and-why-should-i-care-151b2fa8d3ab.
  2. Rouhiainen, Lasse, and Cindy Estra. Artificial Intelligence: 101 Things You Must Know Today about Our Future. CreateSpace, 2018.

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