Fear must not hold back new era of artificial intelligence

As we enter an age of self-driving cars and drones, there are complex ethical debates to be had ©AFP A tiny sensor sits next to Professor Stephen Hawking’s cheek. He uses it to indicate which letter or word he wants to type when speaking to his family or writing the books that have made him one of our greatest scientists. The software that understands those almost imperceptible movements has taken years of painstaking work, from Prof Hawking’s long-term tech partner Intel, and others. At the heart of this system is a predictive artificial intelligence engine, developed by SwiftKey, the company I co-founded in the UK seven years ago. More On this topic IN Management The journey from seed-of-an-idea to creating the technology that helps one of our scientific heroes communicate…


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