Many people think of AI as the blending of humans and machines. They’re not far off, but AI is an incredibly broad term — more of an umbrella term, really — that simply means making computers act intelligently. It is one of the major fields of study in computer science and encompasses subfields such as robotics, machine learning, expert systems, general intelligence and natural language processing.
Apple’s Siri, Google’s self-driving cars and Facebook’s image recognition software are standard examples of AI. But it’s much broader than that. AI also powers product pricing on Amazon, movie recommendations on Netflix, predictive maintenance for machinery and fraud detection for your credit card. While these applications are all powered very differently and achieve different goals, they all roll up into the umbrella term of artificial intelligence.