Artificial intelligence, in people’s mind, conjures images of human like computers interacting with us in plain English and performing complex tasks effortlessly. Although the terms are used interchangeably, artificial intelligence vs machine learning is a false comparison. Even a very young child is exponentially more intelligent than the best machine. The difference is flexibility, adaptability and imagination between them mean that machines have not even begun to achieve what would be expected of any true artificial intelligence.

Sadly, artificial intelligence is just one more marketing term that is used to describe any kind of machine learning and the techniques related to it. The term statistical learning more accurately describes the state of this discipline today.

There is also the question of whether machines can ever replicate human intelligence in any meaningful way. Predictions of truly intelligent machines have been made for many decades but even as progress has been made, there is little concrete evidence that the milestone is at hand.