AI and Machine Learning – Know the core aspects of the deadly duo

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AI and Machine Learning

Last Friday, I was returning home after catching the 9 pm show of the latest Terminator movie. As I was driving home, I was plagued by the same questions that every sci-fi movie about evil AI has raised in my mind.

Questions like Could machines really take over? Can an AI be successful at world domination? I had heard in the news two years or so ago, about facebook’s AI chatbots going out of control and needing to be shut down.

The comments by scientists and technology enthusiasts after that were not in favor of AI research. The more I thought, the more questions I had. Can AI be truly evil? Can AI have emotions? What exactly is an AI?

Unlike all the previous times, this time I tried to find answers to these questions. Today, I will share with you what I learned about AI and its key to advancement in the 21st century.

What is AI?

AI is the discipline of the computer sciences that focuses on the creation of intelligent computer programs. The aim of creating such programs is to emulate human behavior in situations where humans either can’t go or can’t stay for prolonged periods of time.

It is also very useful in cases where automation is profitable by reducing human effort and eliminating human error. Some of the common features that AI programs are designed to have are:

  • Problem-solving
  • Natural language processing
  • Planning
  • Learning

The field of AI research saw significant growth in the first decade of the 21st century due to successful implementations of machine learning techniques and improvement in available hardware. Today, AI has found applications in many different fields and also in households.

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Types of AItypes of AI

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AI can be classified in many ways. However, there are two most popular ways of classification based on their capabilities and functionality.

1. Type-1 AI (Classification based on ability)

There are three types of AI in the Type-1 classification:

1.1. Narrow AI

Narrow AI is also called weak AI. This type of AI can only work in predefined situations. They can only perform certain pre-programmed tasks.

1.2. General AI

General AI can perform any task with efficiency equal to that of a human.

1.3. Super AI

Super AI is a hypothetical concept in AI research. It is an AI that can perform any task better than humans with greater efficiency without any human error.

2. Type-2 AI (Classification based on functionality)

There are four types of AI in Type-2 classification:

2.1. Reactive Machines

Reactive machines are the most basic type of artificial intelligence. This type of AI looks at the world around it and responds based on its observation. They do not form memory nor do they learn from past experiences.

IBM’s chess-playing supercomputer, Deep Blue is a good example of a reactive machine.

2.2. Limited Memory

Limited memory AI is similar to reactive machines except they have a small memory that they can use to make observations over a period of time to judge the situation and give a response based on that.

An example of limited memory AI would be self-driving cars. Self-driving cars need at least short term memory to react properly to road signs and to observe the speeds and paths of other vehicles around them.

2.3. Theory of Mind

This type of AI does not exist yet. It perceives the world around them and other agents inside it as well. They understand how other objects and entities will react to their actions and act accordingly.

2.4. Self-Awareness

Self-aware AI is an AI with an idea of self. This type of AI has consciousness and sentiments as well. Currently, this type of AI is purely hypothetical.

“AI and its offshoot, machine learning, will be a foundational tool for creating social good as well as business success.” ~Mark Hurd

Examples of Artificial Intelligenceexamples of artificial intelligence

AI is all around us today. They are apart of any netizen’s everyday life. Some common examples of AI are:

1. Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are the most commonly used AI. More than 90% of smartphone users use the virtual assistants provided in their devices.

2. Suggestions and Recommendations at E-commerce Websites

The suggestion and recommendations given by the e-commerce website are done by AI that checks a customer’s order history and searches to determine the best products to recommend.

3. Cogito

Cogito is a speech recognition software that tries to identify the emotions behind said words by noticing the tone, volume, and stress on the words. It has been very useful for customer service calls and on-call assistance.

4. Spam Filters

Spam filters in email and messaging services and apps check incoming messages and emails for certain identifiers. They also learn based on your decisions to move a message to or from spam.

5. Loan and Credit Card Processing

The credit score given to a customer is calculated by an AI, based on certain pre-defined characteristics. The banks then approve or reject loan and credit card applications based on this.

By now, we know that Artificial Intelligence is the simulation of human behaviour by a machine/computer. In the 21st century, AI has reached almost every house, like Alexa, Siri, product recommendations to name a few.

According to a study by Creative Strategies, only 2% of iPhone owners have never used Siri, and only 4% of Android owners have never leveraged the power of OK Google. When it comes to usage, 51% use voice assistants in the car, 6% in public, and 1.3% at work.

While studying AI, there is one term that you are going to come across a lot, and it is Machine Learning (ML). Now, even if you are not acquainted with the latest updates in the tech world, I am pretty sure you must have heard about AI and ML creating a storm there.

But what exactly is Machine Learning? And how is it related to AI? Read this AI and Machine Learning tutorial to find out! Before anything else, let us start with understanding Machine Learning.

What is Machine Learning?

University of Washington defines Machine Learning as Machine learning algorithms can figure out how to perform important tasks by generalizing from examples.”

ML expert Tom M Mitchell states that “Machine learning is the study of computer algorithms that allow computer programs to automatically improve through experience.”

In simple words, machine learning involves algorithms that allow computers to learn automatically from previous interactions with users, without being distinctly programmed with the help of neural networks.

It gives computers the skill to learn from previous data without an expert having to program it. With the help of machine learning, a system takes decisions based on previous patterns.

Now you must be wondering what a neural network is. A neural network is a series of algorithms that are somewhat like a biological neural network (revolving around animal brains). These algorithms are such that they facilitate the recognition of relationships in a set of data.

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Very much technical? Let’s go through this everyday example which will make you understand ML in a better manner.

My friend’s birthday is coming up. Knowing that he is an Ironman fan, I decided to gift him something related to that. I started looking for products on Amazon and Flipkart, and soon I found a combo of a diary and a poster- both featuring Ironman. I ordered the combo and started casually surfing the internet.

While reading an article, I found that all the ads being displayed on the page were recommendations of Marvel merchandise – assorted especially for me.

At the same time, I decided to open the exact same website on my mother’s phone to check if she’s getting similar ads. Upon opening the link on her phone, I could see ads of kurtas from Myntra.

This brought me to the conclusion that on the basis of the interactions of me with various websites, I was receiving product recommendations.

This means that e-commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart are using AI to gather information about my preferences, to provide me a tailor-made experience.

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Components of Machine Learning

ML experts develop thousands of ML algorithms every year. Below mentioned are the three vital components that every algorithm has:

1. Representation

It includes the selection of a model that represents data. Decision trees, instances, set of rules, etc are some examples of this component.

A decision tree is a tree-like model comprising of various decisions and their consequences. Instance-based learning occurs when the machine compares new problems with previously occurred instances.

2. Evaluation

Evaluation is that component which provides the machine to evaluate and optimize hypotheses (candidate programs). It is also known as objective, utility, or scoring function. Some examples of evaluation are accuracy, squared error, posterior probability, etc.

Accuracy basically measures or evaluates classification models. Posterior probability is that probability which arises upon taking into account updated information.

3. Optimization

Optimization is the way in which hypotheses are generated. Examples of optimization include combinatorial optimization, convex optimization, and constrained optimization. Combinatorial optimization uses combinatorial techniques to solve discrete combination problems.

“A baby learns to crawl, walk and then run. We are in the crawling stage when it comes to applying machine learning.” ~Dave Waters

Types of Machine Learning

1. Supervised Learningtypes of ML - supervised learning

In supervised learning, we have labeled dataset which means that we already know the input and their correspondings output. We train the model using an algorithm that maps the input to their outputs.

Here, we try to minimize the error and then we can use new data to predict their outcomes. Supervised learning tasks include classification problems and regression problems.

2. Unsupervised Learning

The unsupervised learning technique is used when we don’t have labeled data. So the machine only knows input data and it has to act on the information without any guidance or output data.

Therefore the machine is restricted to find hidden patterns and similarities within input data. Unsupervised learning is used for clustering and association problems.

unsupervised learning - Ml Algorithm

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3. Semi-Supervised Learning

Labeled data are expensive and hard to find when the problem you are working on is not so common. In semi-supervised learning, we use some amount of labeled data with unlabelled data. The models accuracy of an unlabelled data can be increased by using some of the labeled data.

4. Reinforcement Learning

In Reinforcement learning, the machine uses previous data to evolve and learn. It uses rewards and punishments to train the algorithm by taking positive rewards for good decisions and negative rewards for bad decisions.

This learning doesn’t require a dataset to train. It’s a self-sustained system that learns to improve itself from the real-world environment.

reinforcement learning diagram - machine learning basics

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Example of Machine Learning application in Artificial Intelligence

There is no denying that Cortana, a virtual assistant developed by Microsoft for Windows 10, is the result of progress in AI. It functions exactly like Siri or the Google Assistant.

Cortana helps you find information on everything when requested using voice- even questions like What will the weather be like tomorrow? Or it even does any calculations for you. It also performs particular functions or commands other applications to perform an activity (setting an alarm, placing calls).

AI is an integral part of this assistant, as it gathers data on the basis of user interaction and then provides customized results. Cool, isn’t it?

But there’s more to Cortana than just answering questions. Microsoft claims that with each interaction, Cortana constantly keeps learning about its users, and tries to anticipate the requirements of the users.

Which means that it constantly uses machine learning to intelligently operate to cater to the user’s needs.

Now in AI and machine learning article let’s discuss what is the difference between them.

Difference between AI and Machine Learning

Artificial IntelligenceMachine Learning
AI is a broad concept involving other concepts, such as machine learning, neural networks, NLP (Natural Language Processing)ML is a subset of AI in that it is a technique used to implement AI
Intelligence is the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to apply itLearning is using past instances to make future decisions
It focuses more on automating a task or a system, like carsIt focuses on gaining and applying knowledge from the external environment, like Cortana
AI enables the machines to think and perform routine jobs that humans do, such as assembly line operations in a factoryML provides solutions on the basis of a constantly evolving neural network
AI aims at increasing the probability of success, instead of accuracyML is more aimed at being accurate, instead of being successful
An AI-enabled system is programmed in a way that it simulates human behaviorML tends to create self-learning algorithms
It mimics human intelligence to solve complex problemsML learns from previously fetched data to maximize performance

AI and ML sound so different, but in reality, it can cause confusion. Machine Learning is an application of AI which implies that with sufficient progress, machines can learn and enhance with each user interaction.

Artificial Intelligence is a more extensive concept involving the ability of machines to carry out a variety of tasks.

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I believe it is clear now that Artificial Intelligence is like an umbrella that houses Machine Learning, along with other concepts. AI is more like a study aimed at training computers to simplify and automate tasks, whereas ML induces a machine to learn on its own.

On this note, I end my article on AI and Machine Learning. I hope you now have a better understanding of these concepts. Also, if there are any doubts you wish to ask, please put them up in the comments section below!

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2 Responses

  1. madhu Krishna says:

    your ai training blog is very good

  2. naeem khan says:

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