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) …
Uber's chief of human resources, Liane Hornsey, tells USA TODAY a 200-session listening tour of the company after allegations of pervasive sexism found employees concerned about pay and performance reviews, but not sexual harassment. Liane Hornsey took over as Uber's chief human resources officer in January, shortly before the company became mired in a series of scandals. In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Anthony Levandowski, head of Uber's self-driving program, speaks about their driverless car in San Francisco. And then there's the ongoing lawsuit with Google's self-driving car company Waymo, which alleges that Uber exec Anthony Levandowski stole trade secrets before launching self-driving truck company Otto, which Uber bought.
Many of these advancements are being driven by the interest in what's called ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), the technology that will eventually lead to self-driving cars. The multiple cameras, LIDAR and other sensors being integrated into new models serve as inputs to sophisticated neural networks that are running inside the car. From more sophisticated entertainment features to better displays to more reliable connectivity, tech performance has largely overtaken driving performance for many modern buyers. USA TODAY columnist Bob O'Donnell is president and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, a market research and consulting firm that provides strategic consulting and market research services to the technology industry and professional financial community.