Are we about to enter a new ‘golden era’ in technology?

A version of this essay was originally published at Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry. At the recent Code Conference, Jeff Bezos made a rather provocative statement when he said that when we talk about technology, we are on “the edge of a golden era.” When it comes to artificial intelligence, Bezos said, “It’s probably hard to overstate how big of an impact it’s going to have on society over the next 20 years.” He also said that Amazon has 1,000 people working on its Alexa platform, which powers the company’s popular voice-controlled Echo device. Of course, Bezos is hardly alone with this line of thinking about artificial intelligence and its impact. Apple, Microsoft and Google are spending billions of dollars in…


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