Levi Virtual Stylist + "Stop pretending you really know what AI is" (John Pavlus)

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“The virtual stylist, which is powered by mode.ai and personalized fit data from TrueFit, provides the in-store expertise in the hands of every consumer.  It is built with the help of artificial intelligence.  Users are able to receive fashion advice throughout the site, on either their mobile devices or laptop.”
  • “Artificial intelligence (AI) is the general label for a field of study—specifically, the study of whatever might answer the question ‘What is required for a machine to exhibit intelligence?’”
  • “If that doesn’t sound very satisfying, the experts don’t disagree. ‘At this point, AI is an aspirational term reflecting a goal,’ Darrell says. What he means is that “AI” isn’t, technically speaking, a thing. It’s not in your phone. It isn’t going to eat the world or do anything to your job. It’s not even an “it” at all: It’s just a suitcase word enclosing a foggy constellation of “things”—plural—that do have real definitions and edges to them. All the other stuff you hear about—machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, what have you—are much more precise names for the various scientific, mathematical, and engineering methods that people employ within the field of AI.”
  • Great read…be sure to checkout his full post

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