Should humans fear the rise of the machine?

The Terminator is just one scenario where the robots take over Photo: Warner Br/Everett/REX Within the space of a couple of decades, a robot may be writing this article. It will probably be delivering your post. And if it isn’t driving your car, you’ll need to get with the times. In the last half a decade, artificial intelligence (AI) has moved from a pipedream, or the domain of science fiction, to a reality that is certain to have a profound impact on our lives. Not only is AI certain to make millions of jobs that exist today obsolete, it will also force us to ask major questions, about privacy, laws and ethics. Last week, many of the world’s eminent computer scientists and mathematicians gathered at University College Cork, Ireland, to celebrate…


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