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About this book

Artificial intelligence touches nearly every part of your day. While you may initially assume that technology such as smart speakers and digital assistants are the extent of it, AI has in fact rapidly become a general-purpose technology, reverberating across industries including transportation, healthcare, financial services, and many more. In our modern era, an understanding of AI and its possibilities for your organization is essential for growth and success.

Artificial Intelligence Basics has arrived to equip you with a fundamental, timely grasp of AI and its impact. Author Tom Taulli provides an engaging, non-technical introduction to important concepts such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing (NLP), robotics, and more. In addition to guiding you through real-world case studies and practical implementation steps, Taulli uses his expertise to expand on the bigger questions that surround AI. These include societal trends, ethics, and future impact AI will have on world governments, company structures, and daily life.

Google, Amazon, Facebook, and similar tech giants are far from the only organizations on which artificial intelligence has had—and will continue to have—an incredibly significant result. AI is the present and the future of your business as well as your home life. Strengthening your prowess on the subject will prove invaluable to your preparation for the future of tech, and Artificial Intelligence Basics is the indispensable guide that you’ve been seeking.

What You Will Learn

Study the core principles for AI approaches such as machine learning, deep learning, and NLP (Natural Language Processing)Discover the best practices to successfully implement AI by examining case studies including Uber, Facebook, Waymo, UiPath, and Stitch FixUnderstand how AI capabilities for robots can improve businessDeploy chatbots and Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) to save costs and improve customer serviceAvoid costly gotchasRecognize ethical concerns and other risk factors of using artificial intelligenceExamine the secular trends and how they may impact your business

Who This Book Is For

Readers without a technical background, such as managers, looking to understand AI to evaluate solutions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. AI Foundations

History Lessons
Abstract
In Fredric Brown’s 1954 short story, “Answer,” all of the computers across the 96 billion planets in the universe were connected into one super machine. It was then asked, “Is there a God?” to which it answered, “Yes, now there is a God.”
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Chapter 2. Data

The Fuel for AI
Abstract
Pinterest is one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley, allowing users to pin their favorite items to create engaging boards. The site has 250 million MAUs (monthly active users) and posted $756 million in revenue in 2018.
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Chapter 3. Machine Learning

Mining Insights from Data
Abstract
While Katrina Lake liked to shop online, she knew the experience could be much better. The main problem was it was tough to find fashions that were personalized.
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Chapter 4. Deep Learning

The Revolution in AI
Abstract
Fei-Fei Li, who got a BA degree in physics from Princeton in 1999 with high honors and a PhD in electrical engineering from Caltech in 2005, focused her brilliance on developing AI models. But she had a major challenge: finding quality datasets. At first, she looked at creating them by hand, such as with graduate students who downloaded images from the Internet. But the process was too slow and tedious.
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Chapter 5. Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

An Easier Path to AI
Abstract
Back in 2005, Daniel Dines and Marius Tirca founded UiPath, which was located in Bucharest, Romania. The company focused mostly on providing integration services for applications from Google, Microsoft, and IBM. But it was a struggle as the company relied mostly on custom work for clients.
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Chapter 6. Natural Language Processing (NLP)

How Computers Talk
Abstract
In 2014, Microsoft launched a chatbot—an AI system that communicates with people—called Xiaoice. It was integrated into Tencent’s WeChat, the largest social messaging service in China. Xiaoice performed quite well, getting to 40 million users within a few years.
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Chapter 7. Physical Robots

The Ultimate Manifestation of AI
Abstract
In the city of Pasadena, I went to CaliBurger for lunch and noticed a crowd of people next to the area where the food was being cooked—which was behind glass. The people were taking photos with their smartphones!
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Chapter 8. Implementation of AI

Moving the Needle for Your Company
Abstract
In March 2019, a shooter live-streamed on Facebook his brutal killing of 50 people in two mosques in New Zealand. It was viewed about 4,000 times and was not shut off until 29 minutes after the attack. The video was then uploaded to other platforms and was viewed millions of times.
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Chapter 9. The Future of AI

The Pros and Cons
Abstract
At the Web Summit conference in late 2017, the legendary physicist Stephen Hawking offered his opinion about the future of AI. On the one hand, he was hopeful that the technology could outpace human intelligence. This would likely mean that many horrible diseases will be cured and perhaps there will be ways to deal with environmental problems, including climate change.
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