Are algorithms the same as artificial intelligence (AI)?

Algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) are not the same, however they are closely related.

  • Artificial intelligence is a broad term describing computer systems performing tasks usually associated with human intelligence like decision-making, pattern recognition, or learning from experience.
  • Algorithms are the instructions that AI uses to carry out these tasks, therefore we could say that algorithms are the building blocks of AI—even though AI involves more advanced capabilities beyond just following instructions.