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Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Students

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Unless otherwise stated, "Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Students" by Brenda Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). It is adapted from "Artificial Intelligence" by Ulrike Kestler, used under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.


What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI)  refers to machines, and especially computer systems, doing tasks with human-like intelligence. AI-enabled technologies are used in many different fields such as manufacturing, transportation, medicine, banking, surveillance, and entertainment. You encounter them in daily life in examples like Alexa, Siri, facial recognition on your phone, voice-to-text messaging and autocorrection, getting directions from Google Maps, booking rideshares through Uber, recommendations for movies to watch on Netflix, ads that pop up in Facebook or Instagram that are based on your search histories, online banking, and much more.

Check out these two videos that give an overview of Artificial Intelligence: