If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Tomasi, C. | Kanade, T.
Hierarchies are observed in the levels of description used in image understanding along a few dimensions: processing unit, detail, composition and scene/view distinction. Emphasis is placed on the importance of explicitly handling the hierarchies both in representing knowledge and in using it. A scheme of "knowledge block" representation which is structured along the processing-unit hierarchy is also presented. I. INTRODUCTION Image Understanding System(IUS) constructs a description of the scene being viewed from an array of image sensory data: intensity, color, and sometimes range data. Image understanding is best characterized by description, whereas pattern recognition by classification, and image processing by image output.