A more accurate definition of AI will bring a better understanding of its role & impact.

With the many definitions of AI around — who needs an extra one? I think we do: current definitions introduce many confusions by incorrectly framing Artificial Intelligence. At the Artificial Intelligence Lab Brussels, the university research centre founded in 1983 where I work, we typically define AI as follows:

Artificial Intelligence is a scientific field that (1) studies the nature and mechanisms of intelligence, (2) formalises its findings using mathematics and (3) implements it using computer science.

We thus identify three main ingredients in AI:

  • The first pillar is philosophical — attempting to understand what intelligence is and how it…

Johan Loeckx

Professor @ Artificial Intelligence Lab Brussels (VUB), leading the applied R&D team and lifelong learning efforts. Passionate about music, education and AI.

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