This is part of a series of posts aimed at helping my mom, who is not a scientist, understand what I’m up to as a mathematician.
Lately, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made some remarkable milestones. There are computers that are better than humans at the strategy board game GO and at Poker. Computers can turn pictures into short moving clips and can “enhance” blurry pictures as in television crime shows. They can also produce new music in the style of Bach or customized to your tastes. It’s all very exciting, and it feels pretty surreal; remember back when Skype video calling felt like the future?
I’m going to give you a broad overview for how these types of AI work, and how they learn. There won’t be any equations or algebra.