How AI and Big Data are connected

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are two very popular terms in the modern tech world. Here’s what they are and how they can work together to provide some revolutionary services.

Artificial Intelligence and Big Data are two terms that almost everyone has heard of nowadays. For many, these terms are just buzzwords meant to attract attention and are overhyped. For others, these technologies hold the key to how businesses will operate in the future. Today, we will try to explain what both these terms really mean, how they are connected, and what significance do they hold in our future.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence or AI is the ability of machines to mimic the intelligence of human brains. This includes learning from experience, figuring out patterns, and making autonomous decisions. The two basic principles governing the performance and capabilities of AI are Machine Learning and Deep Learning.

Machine learning

Machine learning is the ability of machines to learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention. The basics behind machine learning are that we initially program machines, provide them with data or leave them in an environment where they can gather their own data, and then leave them be to figure out what to do themselves.

In order to understand this concept properly, imagine having a robot in a maze. The robot is left in the middle of the maze and then told to figure out a way to escape. With machine learning, the robot would figure out a list of possible routes, and then one by one exhaust all these possibilities, learning and gathering information from each try, and then using these experiences and the information retrieved from these events, the robot would be able to escape without the need for any human intervention.

Deep learning

Deep learning is the ability of machines to progressively extract higher level features from the raw input. In order to do this, artificial neural networks are used which mimic the nerves of the human brain. The idea behind deep learning is that large amounts of data, which would in other situations be useless for the average human to make sense of, is provided to these machines and then, using complex algorithms, these machines are able to extract useful information from the large unstructured data.

Big Data

Big data are extremely large data sets, both structured and unstructured, that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.

It is data that contains greater variety arriving in increasing volumes and with ever-higher velocity. These are the three Vs of big data. There is a large range of the types or variety of information which is included in big data. This information comes at a very high speed or velocity. And this data is ever-increasing in size or volume.

Where AI and Big Data meet

You might have noticed from the definition of AI and its two functions (Machine Learning and Deep Learning) that the basic underlying principle is that machines make decisions based on data. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that AI works on data. The more data you provide it, the more information the machines will have to work with, leading to more accurate decision making. This is where big data comes in. Big data is the ultimate fodder for AI to work on. The two are the perfect match for each other.

In the past, big data was data which was either discarded or ignored since there was no way to make any possible use of it with the traditional data-processing software. And AI didn’t have enough data to use for it to effectively replicate the working of the human brain. When AI and big data work together, both of their respective problems are solved and revolutionary results can be achieved.