The amazing artificial intelligence we were promised is coming, finally

Artificial intelligence is here and making incredible things possible. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)We have been hearing predictions for decades of a takeover of the world by artificial intelligence. In 1957, Herbert A. Simon predicted that within 10 years a digital computer would be the world’s chess champion.  That didn’t happen until 1996.  And despite Marvin Minsky’s 1970 prediction that “in from three to eight years we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being,” we still consider that a feat of science fiction. The pioneers of artificial intelligence were surely off on the timing, but they weren’t wrong; AI is coming.  It is going to be in our TV sets and driving our cars; it will be our friend and personal assistant; it will take the role…


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