AI in society: five sectors about to be rewritten by artificial intelligence and robots

04 November 2015 – Robots that, until recently, were passive machines now possess extraordinary capabilities. We urgently need to decide what we actually want artificial intelligence to do Helen Meese, guest blogger We are probably some years off from the synthetic humans of the Channel 4 drama series Humans or the beguiling Ava of Ex-Machina. But will we soon reach “technological singularity” – the point at which artificial intelligence (AI) exceeds human intellectual capacity and control? Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has predicted that the singularity might occur as soon as 2045. Is it really possible that, in the next 35 years, an artificial intelligence could take over from humans? In which areas of life will robots play the most profound roles? Right now artificial intelligence is largely…


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