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Frequently asked questions about Artificial Intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of Computer Science that studies the theory and development of computational systems that mimic human cognitive functions, such as learning and problem-solving. AI agents can perform tasks in visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and text translation.

AI has been evolving since it was founded as an academic discipline in 1955. Apart from two periods of reduced funding and interest in Artificial Intelligence, known as AI winters, the performance of AI systems has seen steady progress in several areas. It has already achieved super-human performance in chess, Go and other games of strategy, and human-like performance in image classification, handwriting recognition and other activities.

Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, and other technology companies have already invested billions of dollars in R&D and acquisitions of other companies that do AI-related work in recent years. Global spending in the field continues to increase and is expected to double in the next four years.

What is Artificial Intelligence used for?

AI has been used to advance numerous industries, including finance, healthcare, education and transportation. Some of its applications are:

  • Autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars: by combining multiple sensors to perceive their surroundings (radar, lidar, GPS, etc.), these systems can interpret their environments and successfully identify navigation paths to reach a destination.
  • Medical diagnosis: Computer-aided diagnosis systems apply AI to imaging techniques like X-ray, MRI and ultrasound to support medical professionals’ decision-making.
  • Robot control in manufacturing: AI-controlled robots help improve productivity, increase uptime, and reduce costs in various industries.

How long does it take to learn Artificial Intelligence?

Some courses offer an overview of AI and its capabilities in just a couple of hours. However, to dig deeper into a specialized field such as deep learning, automatic image annotation or natural language processing, most courses require one to six months.

What are the prerequisites for learning Artificial Intelligence?

To teach you how to design and build AI systems, as well as explain its concepts and theory, some courses will require previous knowledge in:

  • Programming skills in some programming language like Python or Lisp
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Mathematical foundations of calculus, linear algebra and statistics