What is Interactive Intelligence?

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We live in an age of increasing collaboration between humans and technology. Artificial intelligence and machinery are making it easier for people to live and work more efficiently in almost every area of career and life. Computer science students interested in this area should consider specializing in Interactive Intelligence (II). This article will give you all the information you need to decide if this is a good path for you!

Introduction to II

This is a computer science specialization involving the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Health Technology
  • Educational Technology

Artificial Intelligence vs Machine Learning

To flesh out the information from the last point, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Technology are the backbone concepts of II, while health and education are two arenas in which it is currently most useful.

Artificial Intelligence refers to the ability of computers to be able to do things that normally require humans. This things include speech recognition, visual perception, decision-making, and language translation. Artificial Intelligence is just that – artificial – and it is based on human intelligence, hence the interaction of the intelligences.

Machine Learning is a specific method of applying Artificial Intelligence. It refers to the process of building computers that can analyze data and then act accordingly. Artificial Intelligence is the concept, and Machine Learning is the action. Together, they create the basis of the II field.

Explore this article by Datamation to learn more about the distinctions between the different aspects of II.

Why II is Important

In our current world, it is almost impossible to get through a normal day without interacting with some form of technology. It is therefore important that teams of professionals understand how humans and technology interact, how to put that information into practice, and how to effectively communicate that knowledge to the rest of society. Proper understanding and communication is the difference between technology making our lives more efficient rather than more complicated. Here are some of the things that are now possible because of II:

  • People who were previously mute now have voice machines.
  • Surgeons can perform lifesaving microscopic surgeries that were not previously possible.
  • You can conduct a great deal of daily tasks (such as arranging travel, paying bills, registering for classes, and purchasing just about anything) from anywhere and during non-business hours.
  • Healthcare and education professionals can access patient and student information a lot more efficiently, saving time and reducing errors.

Programs Offering this Specialization

Georgia Tech is the only program officially offering a specific specialization in Interactive Intelligence. If you are interested in the area but planning to attend other programs, look for a computer science degree program that offers the courses listed above. A good place to start is with the top Computer Science programs, of which U.S. News has compiled this helpful list.


Interactive Intelligence is a growing area of interest for students, and a growing need for society. Since it is a novel way of combining existing concepts, now is the best time to get involved in the movement!

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