What does it mean?
Artificial intelligence (AI) – is a system of hardware and software that mimics human intelligence.
In human speak please!
The part of Epo, the spaceship that interacts with Alkina is an example of an advanced artificial intelligence. While nothing like Epo exists today, there is limited AI embedded in our transportation. For example, there are autopilot systems for airplanes and cruise control systems for cars that automatically adjust a car’s speed based on the speeds of cars ahead of it.
If humans are to explore the solar system and the stars, the spaceships they travel in will need to have some sort of AI that will manage things as simple as the ship’s environment (temperature, humidity, etc.) and as intricate as maneuvering.