AI is coming

AI is coming In the 1930s a renowned Austrian writer named Stefan Zweig fled the Nazis and headed to Brazil; a few years later he produced a book with the title, Brazil: Country of the Future. The predicted ascendency of Brazil never occurred, and after a while Brazilians started saying (they still do today), “Brazil is the country of the future and always will be.” (It didn’t help that shortly after the original book was published, Zweig committed suicide.) I bring up this old story because the observation about Brazil reminds many people of the development over the decades of artificial intelligence. Like Brazil, AI has been hyped for a long time.  Yet somehow the reality has never lived up to the promise. As the Economist recently wrote, “The term…


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