Mary Shelley fascinated readers with her idea of Dr Frankenstein being able to create intelligent life from corpses. The notion that people could create beings that could think and feel as humans do is by no means a modern invention. As society and technology develop, the concept is increasingly becoming a reality. But the fear that AI will turn on humanity and become like HAL 900 or the Terminator may be a tad dramatic.
This widespread uptake of autonomous vehicles will re-shape our cities further. With seamless, and instant, on-demand autonomous vehicles, why own a car? Why pay for parking? Why devote so much precious urban real-estate to inanimate metal objects? An MIT study estimated that Singapore could reduce the number or vehicles by two-thirds with full automation.
Contained within the paradox is the necessity for manual expertise. We can indeed take this one step further, as not only must the operator be extremely adept in their profession, they must be able to retain their expertise after lengthy periods of inactivity, beyond overseeing and monitoring automation systems.
Researchers have shut down two Facebook artificial intelligence (AI) robots after they started communicating with each other
Most of the adverts show happy people making cakes, or getting directions or finding out fun facts. Some show smart speakers capable of controlling lights or music. Sounds great right? Well, is it really easier to say, "Alexa turn off the light" than, just, turning off the light? I think not.
AI remains an area where there is frenetic IP activity. To date this has largely been based around protecting AI systems or applications. But, in a future where machines are deployed to create complex products, the question of IP ownership could become clouded. AI helps solve complex issues simply and elegantly; legal ownership on the other hand may not be quite so simple.
As part of the personalisation message, AI was one of the most banded about words at the show. No surprises there - it's like a check box that any new gadget or app needs to tick. While the best of intentions is meant, the abundance of its use is starting to lose its appeal.
To me, there's a huge connection, I think the key to how brands are starting to create this emotional connection is now rooted in technologies that are helping these brands understand what customers really need most to spur a buying decision.
Austerity economies have squeezed public health services while private suppliers compete on ever tighter margins. But there are ways to improve. One aspect of modern technology is particularly useful to improving health - beyond hardware and devices, there is data.
AI is an exciting world right now. However, like so many things in tech it is misunderstood by consumers. When you say Artificial Intelligence a lot of people think of a robot that talks to you, but actually it's used almost constantly in daily life already.