The Oxford Internet Institute and Google have created in partnership The A to Z of AI, a series of brief and simple explanations designed to help anyone understand what artificial intelligence is, how it works and how the world around us is changing.

The aim of the project, implemented through a website of easy use, is explained on the home page: to give a sense to the expression of which we hear so much, in recent times, but on which there is sometimes still confusion: artificial intelligence, for

From A to A of Artificial Intelligence (the content is clearly in English) to Z of Zeros & ones, zero and one, the binary code that represents the basic language of computers, the experts of the Oxford Internet Institute and Google appro

The content on artificial intelligence has been edited, explain the promoters of the initiative, in order to develop an online resource that helps people distinguish facts from fiction and to approach and grasp in a more intuitive way what can be a complex topic.

The Oxford Internet Institute and Google also extrapolated five things from the list of explanations that probably not everyone knows about artificial intelligence.

1. Artificial intelligence is already part of our daily life and it is likely that it interacts with it without even realizing it. For example, if you are looking for a specific image in Google Photos, you ask what time ago to a smart speaker or you use the navigator of your car, you have already made use of artificial intelligence.

These examples may seem obvious, but there are many other ways in which artificial intelligence plays a role in the lives of each of us, without realizing it, even to solve much more important and global challenges. For example, there are software that use artificial intelligence to help farmers identify problems with crops, or airlines to plan more efficient flight routes and maximize the loading space to reduce emissions.

2. Artificial intelligence is used to help deal with the global climate crisis. Artificial intelligence offers the opportunity to process large volumes of data and discover models: this is invaluable help when it comes to climate change.

3. Artificial intelligence learns from examples in the real world. Just as a child learns through examples, the same goes for machine learning algorithms. And that’s what the datasets are: large collections of examples, such as weather data, photos or music, that we can use to train artificial intelligence.

4. Artificial intelligence can help our efforts to locate deepfakes, which are images, words, music or videos generated by artificial intelligence, false but seem real.

5. It is impossible to teach artificial intelligence what it means to be human. No matter how intelligent or becoming, artificial intelligence will not be able to understand everything that humans can understand. Artificial intelligence systems are trained and man-driven and it is up to each person to choose how to interact with artificial intelligence systems and what information he feels comfortable sharing.

It is each of us who decides how much artificial intelligence can learn about us.

The A to Z of AI

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