Different Types of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a term that has been around for a while. However, where are we really in terms of AI? The first step to answering that particular question is to realize that there are different types. We may not have conscious robots yet, but we do have some other pretty cool stuff. This article will help you to distinguish between the different types of AI, and inform you about what we have accomplished thus far.


ANI stands for artificial narrow intelligence. This form of artificial intelligence is a pretty common one, and can be found in many aspects of your every day life. Some examples of ANI include Siri and Cortana- the smart phone additions that help users to answer all questions on demand.



They might not be as powerful as we want or even need them to be. This is why ANI is sometimes called ‘weak intelligence’. The fact that these products are still running through ANI is something that has the potential of changing, as companies are constantly looking for new ways to improve the functionality of these apps.

There are other types of ANI that you might recognize. Firstly, knowledge management system solutions that help businesses make sense of big data. They are being used daily by companies to make sense of large amounts of unstructured data. Another type of ANI is the self-driving car. This includes things like Google cars, or Google Chauffeurs that run driverless cars that don’t have steering wheels or gas and break pedals. This relies on apps like Google Maps and narrowly runs through these apps. It is a cool new technology that works really well, however it does not have the same exact capabilities as a human – it is still not quite there.

Right now, ANI intelligence is extremely common. It is the time we are living in at the moment. There is no escaping the grasp of ANI. However, as time moves on we are moving for a more advanced age that may require something more along the lines of what AGI might offer.


AGI stands for artificial general intelligence and is also referred to as ‘strong AI’, which is something that contrasts with the term for ANI. This kind of artificial intelligence has similar capabilities to a human, unlike ANI. If something passes the Turing Test, then it is ruled as an artificial intelligence machine that is labeld as an AGI- meaning it is tested to work similarly to a human being. Most robots are in fact ANI, however some can be determined to be AGI or above.

An example of this kind of intelligence is the Pillo robot. It is designed to answer all questions regarding the health of the family that has it. It can dispense pills, and advice. This is essentially like living with a real doctor, none of its capabilities are beyond the grasp of humans, but it is a great new technology that is alternative to getting a full time live-in doctor.

We are currently at the stage in which this kind of intelligence is definitely becoming more of a common reality. However, there is still a much longer way to go. Soon, Siri and Cortana might have the potential to provide a more human like service, but for right now it is reserved for the more sophisticated, and expensive robots in the world.


The last type of AI goes above and beyond the last two we have discussed in this article. ASI stands for artificial superhuman intelligence. As you might guess, this artificial intelligence, especially in the form of a robot, is capable of doing everything a human can do, and more. An example of this type of artificial intelligence is Alpha 2. Alpha 2 is the world’s first humanoid robot. This is a revolutionary technology and is something that is special to make. This robot is able to tutor, interpret, and manage a smart home. It can function as many things within a home- being able to tell you the weather, along with even telling you stories. It is seriously an advanced robot that might even learn to be a member of the family- it certainly has the capability of that. They also are about to become more common than you would think.

Where are humans at right now with AI?

What is the next step that is coming?

Well, we are looking forward to finding out where it takes us. We are thinking along the lines of ASI. Nothing is impossible, after all.

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