What you need to know about artificial intelligence, and the imminent robot future

AI of the future will defy our old-fashioned expectations.Ann Hermes, Christian Science Monitor/Getty ImagesDo androids dream of electric sheep? That’s unclear, but I know for sure that every kid dreams of intelligent, thinking robots — certainly every kid who goes on to work at CNET, in any case. As we veer ever closer to the year 2016, my sci-fi-fuelled childhood fantasies of a bot with a “brain the size of a planet” are closer than ever to being realised. 2015 saw drones taking to the skies, while back on the ground artificial intelligence programs are achieving above-average scores on college entrance exams. Artificial intelligence (or AI) is the practice of making a machine behave in a practical, responsive way. It’s already changing our world and is, by my reckoning, the…


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