Robots are a part of pop culture as much as a white-bearded Santa Claus dressed in red.
We’ve seen them everywhere – in our wildest dreams, the craziest Sci-Fi movies, and documentaries detailing the possibilities of our uncertain future. The idea of a robot is almost ingrained into the collective consciousness of humanity.
Many people are disappointed, however, when they realize that a robot-filled future is still far ahead. On the other hand, artificial intelligence – abbreviated to AI – is getting smarter and smarter with each passing day. If you find yourself posing the question, “Can I train an AI to become more intelligent?” then the answer is a resounding YES!
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How Does AI Work?
Artificial intelligence (AI) can be difficult to wrap your head around. Figuring out how it is that robots seem to have almost human intelligence when having conversations with them – such as with a chatbot – can leave you wide awake for nights on end without getting closer to a definite answer.
Simply put, artificial intelligence is a term that refers to a set of commands established by a programmer whose purpose is to help an automated system label and categorize various sources of information. The “intelligence” is the repository where the bot stores its knowledge.
The other aspect of AI concerns the actual learning process of one. Machine learning is essentially a list of instructions that help the AI label several sources of information so that it can absorb it. Let’s say that the bot has been trained to seek out articles about “health and wellness,” in which case it will seek out keywords and particular sentences related to that topic that will help identify whether or not they’re worth adding to the database.
When an article has been aptly labeled, the bot will then store it inside its repository, after which it will attempt to learn it. This is, for example, how Apple’s Siri seems to be so knowledgeable: you ask her a question, and she either draws a response from her already-developed list of answers, or, conversely, she quickly Googles the topic and relays the relevant information.
We might sometimes be led to believe that the robot is as intelligent as a human, especially after having a particularly interesting conversation with a chatbot. It’s important to remember, however, that bots don’t have actual intelligence. We’ve just managed to program them in a way that makes them seem that smart.
Does AI Intelligence Improve?
As previously explained, the machine learning aspect of artificial intelligence helps them undertake a series of actions that are very similar to the human learning process. The smartest bots, in fact, learn by themselves, being left alone to do their own bidding after given a set of instructions from the programmer.
There are many ways in which you could improve the intelligence of your AI. Arguably, the best way to approach this process is not through brute-forcing knowledge into its repository, but rather to train it so that it can absorb even larger amounts of information without any difficulty.
It is as they say: “Feed a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” That very much applies to bots as well.
Training your AI is not a process we can cover in a single article, but we’ve compiled a small list of advice taken from industry professionals. What you need to keep in mind when developing your AI’s potential is that:
- You need to feed it high-quality articles for a high-quality chatbot. You are what you eat, and that applies to bots as well. The better their nutrition is, the more likely they are to turn out to be spectacular.
- Properly categorize and annotate the bot so that it does not struggle when trying to perform the programmed actions. You can train a bot as much as you want, but if their labeling process is faulty, then they’re not going to learn anything.
- You should play around with the AI as much as you can. Experimentation leads to innovation, which is why you should keep trying to see how you can change things around, whether for the better or worse. The more you play around, the more you’ll know how to create a truly amazing bot.
Brain Matter Turned Electronic
Automation is the name of the game. If we as a species can make something perform well without requiring any human input, then you bet that we’re going to try and perfect it. Bots might not be geniuses yet, but if we do our job properly, then we might have conversational robot friends in the near future.
Do your research and play around. You might have a whole lot of fun.