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Artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence, also known as AI for short, has experienced a great surge in recent years. AI beats human world champion in quiz game Jeopardy and on the Go board. But what exactly is AI and how can it help us in everyday life?

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

The term Artificial Intelligence dates from 1956 and was the title of a conference organised by US scientist John McCarthy in New Hampshire. At this conference, scientists discussed computers that should do more than pure computing. They had computers in mind to analyse texts, translate languages or play games. Arthur Samuel, an electrical engineer, played an important role in this. He wrote a program for the board game Checkers and let the program run against himself. In the beginning, the software lost against Samuel, but with each move, its performance increased and became better and better. In the end, Arthur Samuel had no chance of defeating the program. This is the basic idea of Artificial Intelligence: a software that can learn independently based on large amounts of data. But how can users benefit from this AI? Here are some examples of Artificial Intelligence:

DoNotPay – Legal-Bot from Joshua Browder

Legal-Bot is a robot lawyer who has already fended off 375,000 fines within two years. However, this was only the beginning: traffic law, claims against airlines, applications for maternity protection, rental cases and appeals for rejected asylum seekers in the USA and Canada were also created by this legal ban.
Joshua Browder, the founder of DoNotPay, offers the service free of charge for users and allows non-lawyers to use the application themselves. The reason for this success is obvious: on the one hand, legal advice is generally very expensive and on the other hand, law is particularly well suited for automation. Legal texts are based on precisely formulated laws and regulations and there are many contracts and cases documented in writing that can be used by the AI as a model. AI’s resounding success and a very good application example of an AI that makes our everyday life easier.
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