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The Difference Between Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

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The Difference Between Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Over the past few years, with every new and exciting product, the terms “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” have increasingly been thrown about. As a result, puzzled consumers everywhere are often left to wonder if they’re really just buzzwords for the exact same thing.

But could that actually be the case? After all, last time we checked, neither Siri nor Alexa were anywhere near the exceptional capabilities of Jarvis from Iron Man, or the solemn, ghoulish precogs in Spielberg’s Minority Report. So what gives, tech world?

Just a marketing tactic?

While “artificial intelligence” is often used to denote what should technically be referred to as machine learning — notoriously, when marketers attempt to embellish their fairly standard products — this in no way implies that these concepts are unrelated.

Quite the opposite in fact, as even though both terms are most certainly divergent from one another, they are also intrinsically connected.

AI, or where we’re going

First coined back in 1956, artificial intelligence is the easiest concept to grasp, as we’ve all been hearing about it from the days of our formative youth. Essentially, the term refers to the as-yet-unknown technology that could eventually lead to human sentience in machines; or in other words, it is a purely theoretical idea of where we believe technology might take us.

This, however, is inescapably murky territory, as much of it still bases itself upon scientific (mis)conceptions and even pure speculation.

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