You don't have to be Keir Dullea to know that fully grasping artificial intelligence can be intimidating.

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Expand / You don’t have to be Keir Dullea to know that entirely grasping artificial intelligence can be intimidating. (charge: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)

  • What are people talking about when they say AI?
  • What’s the difference between AI, machine learning, and deep learning?
  • What is so great about profound learning?
  • What kind of formerly hard problems now are easily solvable, and what is still hard?

AI, or artificial intelligence, is huge right now. “Unsolvable” problems are being solved, billions of dollars are being spent, and Microsoft even hired Common to tell you how great its AI is using spoken word poetry. Yikes.


As with any new technology, it can be hard to cut through the hype. I spent years doing research in robotics and UAVs and “AI,” but even I’ve had a hard time keeping up. In recent years I have spent a Great Deal of time learning to answer some of the most basic questions like: