Article last updated on:
December 27, 2023

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Using online resources, you can build an AI.

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How to start building an AI

You can start building an AI system by defining the goal, choosing your tools + data, and building the model. Train it to your needs, go live, and monitor it.

In a nutshell, that’s all you need to know to create an AI system.

Below is our step-by-step breakdown.

1. Define the Purpose

Your first task is to clarify why you’re building the AI, as this will guide every decision you make down the line.

  • Personal Assistant: Siri or Alexa-like helper
  • Data Analysis: Crunching big data sets
  • Gaming: Opponents in video games

2. Choose Your Tools

Picking the right tools is crucial, as they’ll be the building blocks of your AI project.

Python - Tool to help you build an AI
  • Programming Language: Python is popular.
  • Libraries: TensorFlow, PyTorch
  • Environment: Jupyter Notebook for code, GitHub for version control

3. Learn the Basics

Familiarize yourself with essential concepts and skills that you’ll use throughout the project.

Background skills to use AI
  • Data Structures: Arrays, Lists
  • Algorithms: Understanding of Machine Learning algorithms
  • Math: Statistics and Probability

4. Data: Collect & Clean

Data is the lifeblood of AI, so collecting quality data is a vital step.

Data preparation for using AI
  • Scraping: Websites, APIs
  • Public Datasets: Kaggle, UCI Repository
  • Own Data: Surveys, Sensors

The data you collect is rarely ready for immediate use.

It often needs cleaning and transformation:

  • Cleaning: Remove useless data
  • Normalization: Scale the data
  • Splitting: Train and Test sets

6. Build the Model

This is where the magic happens.

Creating a relevant AI
  • Supervised Learning: Labelled Data
  • Unsupervised Learning: Clustering, Association
  • Reinforcement Learning: Rewards-based

7. Train and Test

Now it’s time to put your model to work by feeding it data and evaluating its performance.

Creating a new API Key in OpenAI
  • API: You’ll need to get an API like OpenAI’s for this.
  • Training: Feed the data
  • Testing: Assess accuracy
  • Tune: Adjust for better results

Relevant read: How to train ChatGPT

8. Go live

Once you’re satisfied with your model’s performance, roll it out for real-world use.

  • Web App: Flask, Django
  • Mobile: Android, iOS
  • Desktop: Standalone software

9. Performance

Your job isn’t done when the AI is deployed.

Keeping it effective requires ongoing effort.

  • Feedback Loop: For continuous improvement
  • Updates: Keep the system current
  • Scaling: Adapt to growing needs

Monitor your system and keep the AI updated and relevant all the time.


And there you have it — the most comprehensive guide to building your very own AI.

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Ch David and Daniel

About the author

David, the head editor at, has four years of experience in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Join David and the team and explore AI tools and contributing to the creation and curation of AI educational content.