Artificial Intelligence

2. Types of AI

Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) vs Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) vs Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI)


ANI is programmed to perform a single task. It is AI that is currently readily available on the market for consumers, for example Siri and Google Translate. ANI is capable of completing simple repetitive tasks a lot faster than humans can, for instance checking weather, performing web searches or analysing raw data.


AGI is the sort of AI that is seen in movies like I, Robot (2004) with Will Smith. Despite machines being able to process data faster than we can, humans have the ability to strategise and tap into our memories to plan decisions based on emotion. AGI is expected to be able to reason, solve problems, make judgements and plan, to learn and to use prior knowledge in decision-making. AGI will be self-aware but lack emotion.


ASI hypothetically possesses intelligence far surpassing that of humans. It is purely theoretical at this point in time and there is debate about whether or not this level of AI will ever be achieved or realised. 

For more detailed information about the differences between the types of AI, read the article by Medium - Distinguishing between Narrow AI, General AI and Super AI