The rise and rise of intelligent machines

Smart machines are here – but how do they really work and what does that mean for business? 2016 has been the year artificial intelligence transitioned from sci-fi high concept to everyday reality. AI, and the branch of this discipline called deep learning, crashed the public consciousness on March 9 when Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo program beat South Korean champion Lee Se-dol at ancient Chinese game Go. Since then, barely a week has gone by without a fresh breakthrough – or scare story. True AI implies a change in the relationship between machine and human – from predictable task worker reliant on our instructions, to a system which has the capacity to surprise and surpass us. For many, the loss of control inherent in this change is alarming. Hal and Skynet…

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