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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guide

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science. AI systems use hardware, algorithms, and data to create “intelligence” to do things like make decisions, discover patterns, and perform some sort of action. AI is a general term and there are more specific terms used in the field of AI. AI systems can be built in different ways. Two of the primary ways are: (1) through the use of rules provided by a human (rule-based systems); or (2) with machine learning algorithms. Many newer AI systems use machine learning. (Ruiz 2023)


The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guide provides an introduction to this evolving field for faculty, fellows, residents, postdocs, students, and staff. Due to the rapid advancement of this emerging technology, information in the Guide may become outdated at times. This Guide supplements but does not supersede information provided by UT Southwestern or University of Texas policies and guidelines.

Licenses and Acknowledgements

This Library Guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Generic License. Portions of this Guide are used with permission and adapted from the AI Tools and Resources Guide developed by the University of South Florida Libraries.