Artificial Intelligence (AT) is a term used to describe machines performing human-like cognitive functions (e.g. learning, understanding, reasoning or interacting). It comprises different forms of cognition and meaning understanding (e.g. Speech recognition, natural Language processing) and human interaction (e.g. signal sensing, smart control, simulators). In terms of its technology base AT is a very heterogeneous field. While some aspects like sensors, chips, robots as well as certain applications like autonomous driving, logistics or medical instruments refer to hardware components, a relevant part of AI is rooted in algorithms and software.
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