The Future Of AI: Is Something Different This Time?

Hero Images/Getty Images We grew up with the fantasy and the nightmare. The crew of the Enterprise talks directly to their ship’s intelligent computer. Hal 2000 of 2001 A Space Odyssey runs a deep space exploration vessel while simultaneously trying to kill its astronaut crew. The machines in The Matrix enslave humans. The robots in Star Wars are our friends. Clearly, the idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been with us in pop culture for a while. But enthusiasm among scientists for AI’s reality has actually waxed and waned strongly a number of times over the last half century. Right now, researchers are riding high on another wave of enthusiasm. Advances across a number of fields have experts hoping that something like AI may be getting close. So is something…


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