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10 AI Terms You Should Know

It’s an AI world, and we’re just living in it. 

Well, not quite yet because we humans still wield the power…for now. Just kidding. The Terminator may have some classic lines, but it’s all AI fantasy…hopefully. 

Okay, I’m done being coy. AI is omnipresent and only growing more sophisticated, and I recommend you board this bullet train of innovation and tinker around. 

Whether you’re a dabbler or curious to dip your toes in, here are 10 AI terms you should know.

1. Artificial Intelligence

Lest you think this is too elementary to explain, would you be prepared to reply with the proper definition if someone at a cocktail party, tailgate, Tony Robbins seminar, or pickleball tournament asked you, “What is artificial intelligence?”

Could you say with confidence, “AI refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines programmed to think and learn. It's the overarching concept that encompasses everything from basic algorithms to complex neural networks, enabling machines to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence.”

If not, now you can!

2. AI Ethics

AI ethics are the moral principles and techniques designed to guide the development and use of AI technologies, ensuring that AI respects human rights, values, and diversity, and does not perpetuate bias or harm.

So, about that. 

This is one area causing heartburn for users and developers alike. Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT, was fired by his own board last month for many reasons, including promises he made and neglected with regard to ethics. 
A couple days later, he was back as CEO, because the tech world is weird. 

3. AI Safety

If AI ethics aren’t upheld, we may have a safety situation. 

AI safety is an integrated field that focuses on the long-term consequences of AI development, particularly the possibility of AI rapidly evolving into a form of superintelligence that might pose a threat to human beings.

I guess things can go the way of The Terminator. 

4. Chatbot

You know how when that medication you’ve taken for years that’s covered by health insurance is suddenly not covered, and you go online and type questions into the chat box? You are talking to a chatbot that looks like cute anime. 

A chatbot is a digital program designed for engaging in online conversations, either through text or voice simulation, serving as an alternative to direct interaction with a live person. These bots are crafted to mimic human conversational patterns, making them effective tools in scenarios like customer support and information gathering.

5. Generative AI

Think of AI and generative AI as the subject and predicate of artificial intelligence. 

Generative AI is a category of artificial intelligence that specializes in producing original content, including text, visuals, and music. It operates by analyzing extensive datasets to understand patterns and styles, which it then applies to craft new, unique outputs.

6. Hallucination

AI can hallucinate like us, but without taking shrooms. Let’s do this! 

Sometimes chatbots like ChatGPT, Google Bard, Microsoft Bing AI, and Claude go rogue and spout off all kinds of crazy, false, or misleading information. This can happen in systems like language models or image generators when the AI deviates from accurate or sensible output, often due to limitations in its training data or algorithms.

7. Machine Learning

Facial recognition, product recommendations, email automation and spam detection, social media optimization, and predictive analytics are all applications of machine learning. 

Machine learning occurs when AI says, “Hey human, I don’t need you anymore.” It focuses on building applications that learn from data and improve their accuracy over time without being programmed to do so. It involves algorithms that parse data, learn from that data, and then apply what they've learned to make informed decisions.

8. Prompt Chaining

No, this isn’t some kinky AI activity. 

It’s AI’s ability to learn from previous interactions and use that information to influence future responses. For example, if you keep a long chat going with ChatGPT in which you prompt it to tell you a series of Dad jokes, the next time you type, “Tell me joke,” it will know to reply with a new Dad Joke.

9. Text-to-image Generation 

DALL-E, another child of OpenAI, is a popular example of text-to-image generation that can create realistic images from textual descriptions. 

This technology has seen significant advancements in recent years, enabling the generation of highly detailed and specific images based on text inputs.

There’s a rub: you need to feed DALL-E and other text-to-image generators detailed descriptions of what you want. Otherwise, it can return a pretty goofy-looking picture. 

10. Sentience

Humans are sentient beings in that we are able to feel things, like pleasure, joy, pain, and distress. 

Dogs and other animals experience sentience as well, and let’s face it, dogs are better than people. 

Sentience in AI is a highly debated and theoretical concept. AI isn’t sentient today, but tomorrow is another story, and the discussion raises important questions about consciousness and the nature of intelligence. 

Many people fear that we’ll cross a Rubicon if AI develops feelings. 

As Stephen Hawking put it: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race….It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

Thanks Steve. Hope you’re enjoying heaven…may you rest in peace. 

AI may turn us into human gumbo one day, but not before I learn more dad jokes.

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About the Author, David Telisman

I am a Writer and Content Creator, and I work with businesses to inspire their customers to buy from them. I believe that my clients deserve to feel proud of how their content marketing looks and what it says, and I deliver by providing expert copywriting and marketing solutions.

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