What's actually the difference between "artificial intelligence" and "machine learning"?

To put it simply, artificial intelligence is the comprehensive term for "software that can solve problems"; machine learning is a part of artificial intelligence. Machine learning, on the other hand, refers to "algorithms that are trained using data".

99 percent of the AI technologies that have economic relevance today (early 2020) and are used in practice are based on machine learning, i.e. algorithms that use pattern recognition.


The author is a manager in the software industry with international expertise: Authorized officer at one of the large consulting firms - Responsible for setting up an IT development center at the Bangalore offshore location - Director M&A at a software company in Berlin.