From Cyborg To Cyber Monday: The Indirect Infiltration Of AI

Mark Hawtin and Chris Woodcock, GAM When artificial intelligence (AI) last had a revival as a research and development area in its own right back in the 1980s, the reaction was mixed. Claims that robots would alleviate the drudge jobs from our lives and free up plentiful leisure time were balanced against fears of a Terminator-style cyborg uprising, where humans became enslaved by their robotic overlords. Perhaps fortunately, neither result proved correct, but the failure of such ambitious claims led to an ‘AI winter’, from which the science and technology industry has only just emerged. AI research has had some breakthroughs in recent years, with computers beating humans at complex games like chess and Go. But this time round the big developments are focused around specific goals, which are more…

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