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Artificial Intelligence: The Game Changer

“Alexa, play my favorite song!” Wale ordered in a singsong voice.

“Your favorite song coming up” Alexa responded soothingly and proceeded to ask if her boss needed anything else.

“Oh yes, turn on the red light and the AC. That would be all.” He smiled before echoing a famous part of his new favorite song, “put your hands on my shoulder…”

Alexa stared on. Wale didn’t mind her watching him do his version of the trending Silhouette Challenge.

Alexa was obedient, submissive even. She did not need to be supervised while carrying out instructions. Alexa was hardly ever tired and the way she thoughtfully suggested what should be done in different situations appealed to Wale in no small way. He was pleased. Since Alexa wasn’t a human being, he had no extra responsibilities. Alexa was the product of AI technology. An answered prayer and the future of the human society.

What does Artificial Intelligence (AI) mean?

In a layman’s term, Artificial Intelligence is simply a branch of Computer Science that is concerned with building smart machines that are capable of performing tasks that would usually require human intelligence. In other words, AI is an area of study that enables computers to imitate intelligent human behavior. Basically, if humans can do it, AI strives to make computers do it as well. However, it is important we emphasize that AI depends on machine-learning software in order to carry out a wide variety of operations like: observation and analysis of data; identification; and creation of patterns, so as to effectively replicate the typical human behavior.

A lot changes about our existence with Artificial Intelligence. Computers do not wait to be controlled anymore. They jump right to the task ahead of you.

Where can AI be used?

The common applications of AI include the following:

  • Google search
  • Image recognition software
  • Smart Personal Assistants
  • Self-driving cars
  • Smart filters in email
  • Social media platforms (like the Instagram, Facebook etc).
  • Social media monitoring tools for dangerous content or false news etc.

What job opportunities does it provide?

The technology of AI might be fairly new but it already has many fascinating job opportunities for today’s people. Those who intend to dig their fingers in the fortunes of the future are those who embrace the disruptive innovation of AI. Some of these jobs include:

  • Software analysts and developers
  • Computer scientists and computer engineers
  • Algorithm specialists
  • Research scientists and engineering consultants
  • Mechanical engineers and maintenance technicians
  • Manufacturing and electrical engineers.

AI is a fascinating field of Computer science and you will absolutely be thrilled by how much you can do with it today.

What is required to dive into the AI pool?

The road might be less traveled because of the seeming complexities of AI but where there’s a will, there’s surely a way. First things first, you must secure “the bag”. By bag we mean you must get some formal education.In order to secure a job in the sphere of Artificial Intelligence, it is expedient that one be in the following areas of study:

  • Math: statistics, probability, predictions, calculus, algebra, Bayesian algorithms and logic.
  • Science: physics, mechanics, cognitive learning theory, language processing.
  • Computer science: data structures, programming, logic and efficiency.


It is clear that, more than ever before, our world is now undergoing a continuous evolution in technology, among other things. Beyond super-computers now lies the growing emergence of Artificial Intelligence and its immense benefit to humanity. The need for more brains to delve into this realm can, therefore, not be overstated.

I wish you the best as you meditate on this article and decide your next course of action. Thank you.

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