Tell me about the book!
I'm glad you asked! If you would like to go a little bit deeper into the world of real-life AI, consider checking out the Amazon best-selling book. This Is Real AI walks you through one hundred diverse real-world implementations of AI. The book covers many of the stories found on this website in greater depth while retaining the brevity and simple language. Additionally, the book includes an analytical section in which a business-facing framework for discovering value creation with AI is presented. Machine learning AI is often made abstract and complex. This non-technical book makes the subject easy to understand.
It's available in softcover and as a Kindle e-book! You can find it on Amazon in The United States of America, The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Japan, Canada, India, Australia, The Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico. Thank you!
What is AI?
That's an excellent question. Ask this question to a room of 1000 people, and you will get 1000 different answers. There is no widely established definition of artificial intelligence (AI). AI could be anything or nothing. Some define the term broadly, allowing just about any technology to be AI. Others define it narrowly, arguing that only machine learning is AI.
I view artificial intelligence as a vast collection of technologies that provide computers with an ability to observe, comprehend, and act.
However, when people say "AI" today, they usually mean machine learning. Machine learning, a subset of AI, is a way for computers to learn things without being explicitly programmed to learn them. Most of the AI solutions on this website are examples of machine learning, though not all of them. When AI defeated the world's best chess player, there was no machine learning involved. You can think of a machine learning-engineer as a farmer. You cannot "build" tomatoes or cucumbers; you grow them. By planting seeds (algorithms) and watering them (data), you receive tomatoes (a product). You didn't actually make the tomato, you merely supplied the seeds and the water. Deep learning is a further development of machine learning. Neural networks is a popular type of deep learning algorithm.
AI can do two things: automate and augment. Automation means to remove a person from a process. Augmentation means to empower a person in a process. By examining the data and work complexity of a business process, one can identify whether to apply automation or augmentation to enhance the process. There are four possible AI strategies: optimization, effectiveness, expert, and innovation. All of the AI stories on this website fall into one of these four categories. You can learn more about these strategies and value creation with AI by clicking the link below.
What is "real" AI?
Often, when you read articles or books about AI, people discuss ideas, concepts, philosophies, and possibilities. That's definitely awesome, but I wanted to create a website that makes AI concrete, down-to-earth, and real. A website that focuses on AI solutions that exist today. I use the term real AI to categorize AI that has actually been implemented. Not just theories, not just philosophy, not just ideas, but AI that was actually made, tested, and applied by organizations or governments.
Who made this website?
Me! My name is Jacob Bergdahl. I am a full-stack developer with a Master's in Information Systems who design, build, write, and lecture. Read more about me over at https://jacobbergdahl.com/ or connect with me on LinkedIn.
What is the purpose of this website?
I hope that the content of this website will serve as an inspiration. Whether you are merely casually curious about AI or wish to implement AI in your organization, I hope this website can inspire you to see the possibilities of AI. I want to make AI more accessible. Whether you have a minute or an hour to spare, I wanted to create a platform that could give the reader value without going through long articles of text. I want to show real usages of AI. Not just what's possible in theory, but what has actually been made in reality. And I want to create a cohesive platform filled with examples of AI. Currently, there is no good place to get a good overview of real AI. I hope this website can fill that hole.
How many AI stories are there on this website?
There are currently 103 examples of real implementations of AI on this website. I have a backlog of over one hundred more stories to add to the site.
Who owns the images?
If you're on a computer, you can hover over any image to find the name of the owner of the photo. Regardless of what device you are browsing this website on, you can also click on the photo, and a toolbar will appear near the top of your screen, displaying the owner of the photo.
Besides your book, where else can I find your writing?
You can find my articles in publications such as The Startup and Towards Data Science. You can read about why jK8v!ge4D isn’t a good password, the time I exposed an e-commerce for lying on their website, why AI must be ethical, or what happens when every job is automated, to name some of my favorite pieces. Click here to find all of my articles.
Can I contribute to this website?
Yes! I need your help! I want to find more stories of AI implementation, successful or otherwise, and I cannot do it alone. My hope is to have this website grow into a cohesive platform of AI stories. If you have suggestions for stories that I could add to this website, shoot me an email at email@example.com. Thank you!
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