Artificial Intelligence (AI): Everything You Need to Know

It refers to the capacity of computer programs to carry out tasks that were normally attributed to humans. Such tasks include translation of languages, speech recognition, visual awareness & perception, as well as the making of decisions. Artificial intelligence can be broadly grouped into two classes – weak AI and strong AI.

Weak AI, often called Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) or Narrow AI, refers to artificial intelligence that’s trained and focused on carrying out particular tasks. Most of the AI that’s in operation today is driven by weak AI. It powers some extremely robust applications, like Amazon’s Alexa, autonomous vehicles, and Apple’s Siri.

Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) are behind strong AI. AGI is a theoretical type of AI where a machine would have an intelligence equivalent to humans. Additionally, it would possess a self-aware consciousness that can learn, solve problems, and even make plans for the future. In contrast, ASI would exceed the human brain’s ability and intelligence. Though strong AI is still completely theoretical as no practical examples are in use at present, it doesn’t mean AI researchers aren’t working on its development. A fictional example of ASI could be seen in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey in the form of HAL, the superhuman computer assistant.

Today, artificial intelligence is gaining further ground in the classroom, and it can be used to customize the educational experience for students. For example, AI-using programs can serve as tutors for students; they simply identify problem areas for each student and then act by providing customized solutions to each student, just like an actual educator would. Apart from tutoring, AI can even help students enjoy a personalized approach to learning. An AI-powered educational program can adapt to each student’s speed of learning, level of knowledge, and desired learning goals. This will help the students get the most out of their education. Artificial intelligence can also help students find answers to their most commonly asked questions in seconds via conversational intelligence and support automation. 24/7 access to learning, anywhere and anytime, is another benefit of AI-powered education.

Artificial intelligence can also help educators by freeing up their time through automating tasks, evaluating student performance, and reducing the educational gap.

With the rate of progress of artificial intelligence, it isn’t out of place to think that one day, robots would be able to grant one-on-one tutoring sessions, so students can be stronger in the areas where they struggle.

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