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Mapping the Future of AI

Given the possibility of "deep learning" by artificial systems, it is not surprising that some people foresee a point known as the “Singularity,” when artificial intelligence will exceed human intelligence, by intelligently improving itself. But artificial general intelligence is not in our foreseeable future.


BRIGHTON – Artificial intelligence already plays a major role in human economies and societies, and it will play an even bigger role in the coming years. To ponder the future of AI is thus to acknowledge that the future is AI.

This will be partly owing to advances in “deep learning,” which uses multilayer neural networks that were first theorized in the 1980s. With today’s greater computing power and storage, deep learning is now a practical possibility, and a deep-learning application gained worldwide attention in 2016 by beating the world champion in Go. Commercial enterprises and governments alike hope to adapt the technology to find useful patterns in “Big Data” of all kinds.

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