AI 101: What is artificial intelligence and where is it going?

Algorithms, the building blocks of artificial intelligence, are detailed, step-by-step instructions for completing a task.  (James Abundis / Seattle Times)
Algorithms, the building blocks of artificial intelligence, are detailed, step-by-step instructions for completing a task. (James Abundis / Seattle Times)

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is quickly permeating every aspect of our lives. From Amazon's voice-activated Alexa to writing technology that helps managers craft job postings, it's in our hearts, homes and workplaces. Here's a primer on some of the concepts and controversies behind what experts are calling the fourth industrial revolution.

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