The article is a popular review of what artificial intelligence (AI) is. Recently, much has been written about it. There have been various governmental and environmental programmes of its development – but the term remains ambiguous to many people. The general image of AI and the three selected areas of its development presented in this text should help the readers develop their own opinion on the matter. There have been extreme views around: AI as a synonym of progress and the only way to economic success or AI leading to human extinction. Although conclusions are suggested at the end of the article, its main goal is providing the readers with knowledge enabling them to form their own.
Keywords: IT, artificial intelligence (AI), symbolic computation, expert systems, implications of AI development