When it comes to making predictions about technology it’s easy to end up looking daft. Take Thomas Watson, who was chairman of IBM in 1943 when he boldly claimed: “There’s a world market for maybe five computers.”
But every few decades a new technology emerges that really does have the potential to reshape the world around us — like the combustion engine, the computer or the internet.
When it looks like one of those paradigm shifts is on the verge of happening, it’s definitely worth taking a closer look — because the real-world consequences could affect all of us.
Today, we do seem to be on the verge of a paradigm shift — and it’s all to do with a branch of computer science known as artificial intelligence.
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