In this video, learn about AI (artificial intelligence) to set the tone for the next steps.
- [Narrator] What is AI? Every time someone gives a definition of AI, it seems to be one of these weird humanoid robot things. I think I saw one of them once when I was on holiday in Japan, outside of a cell phone store. Aside from imagining what the future of robotics could look like, artificial intelligence has a slightly simpler definition. For this course, artificial intelligence is the completion of a task by a computer system that would usually be done by a person. This definition covers everything from what your current phone does to what a calculator would have done 60 years ago. So why are we talking about AI now? Well, due to the changes in computing power, the changes in the amount of research, and the changes in the amount of accessible data, AI has grown far more powerful in recent years, especially in the last 10 years. In terms of computing power, resources can be accessed from anywhere in the world, so you can now spin up a computer in a completely different country and use near infinite computing resources that you can turn on and off. Increase in research. The ability to access research that published from universities or conferences all around the world has never been more accessible. And the amount of data. I'm not trying to bore you with how much data is available now, but there are so many different websites, so many different sources where you can download extraordinary amounts of data and start building or training your own predictive models. So these three things in combination has made the automation of tasks by computers far more powerful.