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How AI Learns

Written by Nathan Lands

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized the way we live and work. One of the most fascinating aspects of AI is how it learns. Unlike traditional computer programs that follow instructions explicitly given by humans, AI systems have the ability to learn from data and improve their performance over time.

Machine Learning: The Backbone of AI

Machine Learning (ML) is the backbone of AI learning. ML algorithms enable AI systems to acquire knowledge, make decisions, and continuously improve their performance based on data inputs. These algorithms allow machines to identify patterns, extract relevant information, and automatically adjust their behavior accordingly.

Supervised Learning: Learning from Labeled Data

Supervised learning is one of the most common approaches used in ML. In this method, an AI model is trained using labeled data - inputs paired with corresponding outputs or desired outcomes. Through numerous iterations using a training dataset, the model learns to recognize patterns and make predictions or classifications when presented with new, unseen data.

For example, in image recognition tasks, an AI model can be trained using thousands or even millions of images labeled with what they represent (e.g., "cat," "dog," "car"). By analyzing these labeled images repeatedly during training, the model can learn to accurately classify new images it has never seen before.

Unsupervised Learning: Discovering Patterns in Data