In today’s world, artificial intelligence and machine learning are constantly in the news, and we are surrounded by devices collecting and using data about us. While the terms artificial intelligence and machine learning are often used interchangeably, they do mean slightly different things. Artificial intelligence refers generally to any system that enables a machine to make a decision, while machine learning refers to systems that use large amounts of data to create models that make predictions. We are focusing on the latter here, so we will use the term machine learning going forward.
These hands-on activities are designed to enable you to create and test your own machine learning models. You will use your models to write programs with the Finch so that you can get a better idea of the power of these models when used in software. For example, this program recognizes a Star Wars character and makes the Finch perform a song or movements based on which character is detected.