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Artificial Intelligence

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EN Artificial : artificialis [Art, Artificial, according to the rules of the art], Ars (artist) [art] + facere ( -facere) [making]. So artificial points out that the object is not crafted by nature, but rather designed and developed by humans. If you look up intelligence, the dictionary gives it to you pretty straightforward: The ability to acquire, understand and use knowledge. Or like Plato put it: */ The intelligence game will be won by those who know how to ask & answer questions critically./* Therefore, intelligence is not mere data capturing, but also knowing which data may be useful & relevant and thereby worth collecting. Data without interpretation is nothing. Or in the words of Luciano Floridi: “Data without a model is just noise.” Well, nobody likes noise. Maybe for now we can say that intelligence is always about information accompanied by an interpretative, dialectic process. So artificial intelligence is a machine or software program (actual lines of code) that exhibits intelligence, as described above. In traditional software systems, every action, for example an application, does what was programmed in advance. With artificial intelligence, the idea is to only program the basic structure, feed it with relevant data sets and the goal it needs to reach because these systems can process data much faster than we do and might come up with answers or solutions we couldn't. AI also refers to the field of study that researches how to create computers & software that are capable of intelligent behaviour. Right about now, the Sci-Fi scenes should be popping in your head (Ex-Machina, AI, Strange Days, Transcendence, Lucy). Robots with giant heads taking over the world, subjecting humankind to slavery and feeding on our brains.


NL Artificieel : artificialis [Art, Kunst, Kunstmatig, Artificieel, volgens de regels van de kunst], Ars (Kunstenaar) [art] + facere ( -facere) [maken]. Artificieel wil zeggen dat het object niet op een natuurlijke manier werd gecreëerd, maar eerder ontworpen en ontwikkeld door mensen. Als je 'intelligentie' gaat opzoeken, spreekt het woordenboek klare taal: De vaardigheid om kennis te vergaren, te begrijpen en toe te passen. Plato was ook al van mening dat intelligentie eigen is aan mensen die weten hoe ze kritisch moeten zijn in het stellen van vragen en in hun antwoorden. Intelligentie is dus meer dan enkel data binnenhalen. Het is weten welke data nuttig en relevant kan zijn, en met andere woorden de moeite waard is om te verzamelen. Data zonder interpretatie is waardeloos.

In de woorden van Luciano Floridi: "Data zonder model is gewoon lawaai." Ja, niemand houdt van lawaai he. Misschien kunnen we voorlopig gewoon samenvatten dat intelligentie altijd te maken heeft met informatie in het goeie gezelschap van een interpretatief, dialectisch proces. Artificiële intelligentie is een machine of softwareprogramma (niet meer dan een verzameling lijntjes code) dat intelligentie vertoont, zoals we intelligentie hierboven beschreven hebben. In traditionele softwaresystemen is elke actie het gevolg van wat er op voorhand werd geprogrammeerd. Bij artificiële intelligentie wordt enkel de basisstructuur geprogrammeerd. Het wordt gevoed met relevante datasets en met een beoogd doel. Die systemen kunnen data veel sneller verwerken dan wij. Misschien kunnen ze zelfs antwoorden of oplossingen vinden die wij nooit hadden kunnen bedenken. AI verwijst ook naar het studiedomein dat onderzoek doet naar computers en softwaremodellen die het in zich hebben om intelligent gedrag te vertonen. Er schieten nu waarschijnlijk allerlei Sci-fi scènes in je hoofd (Ex-Machina, AI, Strange Days, Transcendence, Lucy)? Robots met giga-hoofden die de wereld veroveren en de mens slaaf maken van de technologische overlords?


What's with this lexicon?

Digital transformation, Artificial intelligence, Robots takings our jobs, ... my GOD what a scary time we live in! Right? No, not really. We live in a very exciting time of endless possibilities, of genius new answers to questions we haven’t even been able to formulate... Some people just want to make good money by starting a fire and then being hired to put it out. We don’t like that at Bagaar. No apocalyptic vibes for us, we’re too zen for that.

The intelligence game will be won by those who know how to ask & answer questions critically.

Technology is evolving at a crazy pace, absolutely, and sometimes it might be a bit mindblowing, but don’t worry, humans are still the writers of this story, we decide how it goes. At Bagaar we help our clients every day to gear up for any technological challenge they may be up to, we have a very big toolbox of digital answers to their problems and are very happy to help them in writing their own story. This time we wanted to do something not only for our clients but for everyone, our moms, the guy at the busstop, politicians, journalists, whoever may be helped with a little free knowledge.

Core message here: Trojan: Nice for the greeks, not for you.

So, we wrote this lexicon in the assumption that if people would have more information, and a bit of guidance, they wouldn’t have to feel so helpless when hearing about Digital transformation, MVP’s, Frontend, AWS, Trojans, UX, UI, ... (Que?) We assembled all the buzzwords we use on a daily basis and tried to give a down to earth, simple explanation for each of them. Take it with you, read through it when you’re waiting on a train or getting your nails done and next time somebody starts a fire, you just blow it out yourself (or if it’s too big call Bagaar).

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