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Artificial Intelligence (AI) often sounds like a world of complex wizardry, achieving feats from identifying objects in images to translating languages seamlessly. But what if we could decode this mystique with a  magical plate analogy, a tool that will help us peel back the veil on AI in a fun and intuitive way? At Mason Analytics, we are committed to using our skills and experience to decode the complexities of AI and leverage its benefits to help SME achieve their goals.


The Magical Plate Analogy for AI

Imagine you’re trying to teach a computer to recognise whether a picture contains a cat or a dog. This task, known as image recognition, is a common challenge in AI. To understand how AI tackles this, let’s introduce our magical plate, adorned with bumps and stickers, and see how it interacts with Lego blocks.


Here’s what each element represents in our AI world

    • Lego Blocks = Image Pixels: Each block represents the pixels that make up an image.
    • Plate Bumps = Parameter Weights: These bumps alter the Lego blocks, akin to how AI parameters interpret data.
    • Stickers = Biases: These stickers add another layer of modification, similar to biases in AI that adjust the output.
    • Plate Layers = Neural Network Layers: Just like multiple plates stacked together, neural networks have layers, each adding to the data’s transformation.


Training the Magic Plate

Our magical plate, much like an AI model, starts its journey untrained. Initially, it might not correctly transform the Lego blocks into representations of cats or dogs. This is where the learning process, a cornerstone of AI, comes into play.


Learning through Examples 

We show our plate (or AI model) numerous images of cats and dogs. Each image is like pressing a Lego block onto the plate.


Error Correction

If the plate doesn’t transform a block correctly, we note the error. In AI, this is akin to comparing the model’s output against the correct answer and measuring the difference.


Adjustment and Improvement

Based on these errors, we adjust our magical plate’s bumps and stickers. In AI, this process involves tweaking the parameters (weights and biases) to reduce inaccuracies.


Repetition for Mastery

Just like practising a skill, our plate gets better with repetition, going through numerous images and continuously refining its transformations.


Behind the Magic

Initially abstract, AI concepts become more intuitive when we relate them to Lego blocks and our magical plate. What appears magical is, in fact, systematic learning from data. As you delve deeper into AI, imagine layers of these magical plates, each transforming simple blocks into intricate structures that represent complex data interpretations.



The essence of AI is gradual learning, a process where magic arises to solve various problems, from simple image recognition to complex decision-making. With this new insight, let’s continue unravelling the mysteries of AI, not with apprehension but with the excitement of playful experiments and discovery!

Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason


Michelle has a marketing degree (Bachelor of Commerce) with a major in marketing. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College. These strong academic qualifications are backed with 20+ years experience leading international teams and building effective marketing functions. Michelle has been focused on the benefits and uses of artificial intelligence to enhance digital marketing strategy and outcomes, and is building her expertise day by day in order to help SMEs leverage the power of AI to achieve their goals. Read Michelle's About Me page for more details about her marketing and business qualifications and expertise.


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