Artificial Intelligence is making computer systems do things which humans can. A robot to feed toddlers, a camera-operated system to keep a watch on who's at the door or simply an automatic vacuum cleaner.
The most common application of Artificial intelligence is probably the chess, othello programs that we have played on our computer as kids. The game against the computer has the computer 'thinking'. The set of microchips in the CPU are now a brain - an artificial brain.
While what's catching up are the robots. We have seen Japanese scientists smile to glory as they see doggy robots playing football.
The air-conditioners that update their temperature when the room temperature changes - and that remember preferences of the user is an example of artificial intelligence.
There is so much we can learn from the subjects we have in our college courses...
All one needs is to be receptive.