Digital Trends: Machine learning? Neural networks? Here’s your guide to the many flavors of A.I.. “Right now, artificial intelligence is to Silicon Valley what One Direction is to 13-year-old girls: an omnipresent source of obsession to throw all your cash at, while daydreaming about getting married whenever Harry Styles is finally ready to settle down. (Okay, so we’re still working on the analogy!) But what exactly is A.I.? — and can terms like ‘machine learning,’ ‘artificial neural networks,’ ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘Zayn Malik’ (we’re still working on that analogy…) be used interchangeably?