What is Narrow AI?
Narrow artificial intelligence (ANI), also known as weak AI, has very limited capabilities, compared with what is to come. It is designed for specific purposes, and performs practical tasks.
The narrow version of AI is inferior to human intelligence. It can do its one or a few demarcated tasks – usually much better, faster or more accurate than a human, but it is in principle still restricted to these tasks.
Still a one-trick pony with limited leeway.
These weak AI models are not sentient (self-aware). They lack both consciousness, and the ability to reason independently. The next phase is General AI, which would have these abilities.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
At present, all known artificial intelligence is narrow, although many AI models are gaining complexity.
EXAMPLES NARROW AI
Examples of narrow AI are self-driving cars, facial recognition tools, or virtual assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Impressive as these may be, they are still forms of weak AI.