Artificial Intelligence can be difficult to define as many of the researchers in this field have differing opinions on what qualifies as AI.
AI is "The capacity of computers or other machines to exhibit or simulate intelligent behaviour" (OED,2019).
An important takeaway about Artificial Intelligence is that we do not currently have a "General AI" or something that is purely AI. The technology that we are seeing today contains elements of AI. If the application was a recipe, AI might only be a teaspoon or a cup in the overall result.
For that reason, we need to understand the different types of applications that fall under Artificial Intelligence in order to make sure we are staying aware of the trends.
Below is a tree that represents some, but not all, of the relationships between different applications and AI.
Being AI Literate does not mean you need to understand the advanced mechanics of AI. It means that you are actively learning about the technologies involved and that you critically approach any texts you read that concern AI, especially news articles.
We have created a tool you can use when reading about AI applications to help consider the legitimacy of the technology.
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To cite in APA: Hervieux, S. & Wheatley, A. (2020). The ROBOT test [Evaluation tool]. The LibrAIry. https://thelibrairy.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/the-robot-test