60 years on, AI is transforming the world of IT

In the summer of 1956, the Dartmouth Research Project on Artificial Intelligence would legitimise the field, turning AI from a subject of absurd fiction to a scientific pursuit that looked set to change the world. And yet, 60 years on it feels like AI is only just beginning to reveal its true potential. Recent advancements in connectivity and the IoT have triggered an explosion in the volume of data, and AI is becoming an essential tool in handling this. Just two years ago, Stephen Hawking told the Independent that creating successful AI would be “the greatest event in human history”. However, he went on to say that “unfortunately, it might also be the last”. Concerns about the autonomous power given to AI technology, as well as the sensitive data that…


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