The A-Z of AI

Predictions

An AI system’s output is a prediction of how likely something is to occur.

Computer scientists often refer to the output of AI systems as predictions, even when they don’t have anything obvious to do with the future.

For example, AI’s recommendation of a book is a prediction that you’ll like it.

These predictive systems show up everywhere in today’s society, from simply suggesting which films or videos you might like based on your previous tastes to increasing the accuracy of the weather forecast by examining previous weather patterns.

AI-powered predictions are helping people with everyday decision making.

Given sufficient information to work with, they can enable us to navigate decisions with more certainty, not just in our reading lists but across everything — from being better prepared for future natural disasters to managing our investments.