At A Glance – True AI

When is artificial intelligence not artificial intelligence?

True AI, also known as strong AI is the opposite of weak AI, which can only accomplish limited tasks within specific fields. These systems can automate jobs that would otherwise have been carried out by human employees, but automation is a far cry from true AI.

While the simulation of intelligent behaviour in computers is the loosest definition, there is a difference between truly artificially intelligent systems and platforms that have intelligent uses.True AI could be described as systems that perform tasks to the same level as a human could, as well as perceiving, analysing, reacting and interacting to input data in a human like way.

Defining AI has proven to be one of the most difficult tasks and there is still no universal definition. It is easy for businesses to claim that they are using AI when, in reality, they aren’t. They may be using a system, for example, that automates a given task, but that doesn’t qualify as ‘true AI’.

Ultimately, defining AI remains very difficult. Perhaps the most useful approach at this stage is to set parameters around what AI isn’t, namely that it is not simple automation or limited task completion systems. It was on this premise that the Turing Test was developed – if an AI is not convincing enough, then it is not true AI. Arguably until we find a system that conclusively passes the test, true AI remains out of reach – as such, corporations and consumers should be very wary of any business that claims to use artificial intelligence, however, True AI is only a matter of time and we can all increasingly reap the benefits as the technology develops further.

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