Master or Servant? Learning to live with AI

The intelligence might be artificial but the threat to humans is real

For most of us, life would be very different without the application, judicious or otherwise, of AI. We enjoy the convenience it provides, often preferring not to think about the implications of the intrusion of artificial intelligence into our lives. It is time to end such complacency. AI is on the march and at astonishing speed. Long present in the home, the work place, and the worlds of recreation, it is penetrating the once private worlds of intimacy and personal relationships and challenging our very freedom as human beings in control of our own destinies. It is not too far-fetched to wonder whether a ‘post-human’ phase is about to begin in world history. So how ought governments, corporations - and individuals - respond to what arguably is mankind’s cleverest invention of all?