March of machines to save the world

The secrets of human life are quietly being transferred to the digital brains of machines. Every second, they learn more about our foibles by quietly digesting the vast amounts of personal information we put online. Social networks, smartphone apps and countless internet-connected services are helping machines to learn about us so quickly that by 2025 we will be able to talk to artificially intelligent personal assistants as if they were humans. The evolution is being catalysed by a process known as “machine learning”, whereby a computer is fed huge amounts of data from which it is able to draw its

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