Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers now predict that computers will be able to perform tasks that were once considered the prerogative of human beings.  They include tasks such as driving trucks,  translating languages, writing high school essays, creating art, analyzing forensic evidence, and even work as a surgeon.  Although some of these goals are predicted to happen over several decades, AI is concerned with  principles and algorithms that allow researchers to make such bold predictions.  Current methods focus on variants of deep learning-- such as convolutional nets, recurrent nets, autoencoders and adversarial networks-- as well as on the methods of probabilistic graphical models.