Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is applied when a machine mimics "cognitive" functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as "learning" and "problem solving". As machines become increasingly capable, mental facilities once thought to require intelligence are removed from the definition. For example, optical character recognition is no longer perceived as an exemplar of "artificial intelligence", having become a routine technology. Capabilities currently classified as AI include successfully understanding human speech, competing at a high level in strategic game systems, self-driving cars, and interpreting complex data. Some people also consider AI a danger to humanity if it progresses unabatedly.

Callum Sinclair and Grant McGregor's thoughful view on  technology in the legal profession.

Disruptive technology.  It may sound more from the realm of cyber crime and hackers, but it is precisely this kind of technology which is shaping our culture and transforming the world around us.  

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The different faces of Artificial Intelligence

Over the years we have published many different articles on Artificial Intelligence. The articles range from our infographic insights to the type of companies that are working in AI and ML, to interviews with students and academics.

Below is a selection of some of the articles. We will...

An Interview with Angus Addlesee of Heriot-Warr university. He talks about his fascinating work into the field of conversational AI and how it can help with the healthcare and mental wellbeing of the elderly.

Scottish Artificial Intelligence Infographic

The latest Company Connecting infographic provides graphics on 186 Scottish Tech companies that have Artificial Intelligence related skills. 

These companies are part of 4,437 tech companies researched by Company Connecting. We have published many different ...

Check out the infographic from Company Connecting on Scottish tech companies with Artificial Intelligence related skills. The infographic covers 182 Individual Companies based in Scotland. Company Connecting has detailed information on 4,437 tech companies of which 2,763 are in Scotland.

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How are the banking and legal sectors embracing AI and document automation software?

Greig Duncan of HotDocs Group (an AbacusNext company) looks at the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on document automation software in the banking and legal sectors.

AI has advanced significantly in recent years. Initially the introduction of AI was viewed suspiciously – its...

Whether we like it or not, we are moving towards a more seamlessly automated era in both business and domestic life – with technology such as Amazon’s Echo “Alexa” already becoming part of daily routines.

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Graduate Series: An Interview with Heriot-Watt student Angus Addlesee

Angus has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University & is now completing an MSc in Artificial Intelligence with Speech and Multimodal Interaction.

Hi Jordan, thank you for inviting me to chat about AI. I am currently studying an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and prior to this I completed a BSc in Mathematics. During various internships I have created optimisation algorithms for Tipico, the leading sports betting company in the German market, and worked on data analysis with a financial syndication platform in London.

Graduate Series: An Interview with Heriot-Watt student Angus Addlesee

Intelligent Problem Solving with Dr Neil Urquhart of Edinburgh Napier

Dr Neil Urquhart is a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in the field of AI, and he was kind enough to share one of his fantastic articles on the subject.