SHANGHAI - Though the term was coined in the 1950s, artificial intelligence (AI) still covers many different concepts and ideas. This is one of the reasons why many find it hard to grasp what AI could be, without mentioning how hard driving AI-related decision-making is. That AI remains a puzzle for many executives in companies and other organizations is thus no surprise.
Nature of the Beast
Typically, AI may refer to any of the following:
- One of science fiction’s favorite topics to depict utopian or dystopian worlds. All have seen a movie or read a book based on these.
- A topic for philosophical discussion seeking to understand I the real meaning of intelligence or the long-term impact of a superhuman AI (singularity).
- A hot topic which media and social network players use to create buzz and hype or rouse emotions.
- The subject of advanced research held in universities across the world as well as in research centers of large information technology (IT) companies: Google, Facebook, Baidu or Tencent, to only name a few.
- Specific products and online services deployed by IT companies through web and mobile apps, such as translation apps offered by companies such as iFLYTEK (科大讯飞) or the deep photo style transfer function Adobe Photoshop provides.
- A set of techniques using mathematics and computer science that companies implement to create value in ways that other techniques cannot. It is widely used in marketing and sales prediction, with applications such as forecasting an online user’s inclination to purchase.
While conversations in the three first areas are both intellectually stimulating and important for the future, development in the last three areas has alreadyThe content herein is subject to copyright by The Yuan. All rights reserved. The content of the services is owned or licensed to The Yuan. Such content from The Yuan may be shared and reprinted but must clearly identify The Yuan as its original source. Content from a third-party copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in such third party’s content appearing in The Yuan must likewise be clearly labeled as such.