The world is awash with talk of AI. A third of all companies claim to be 'have implemented AI in some form', and more than two thirds in the UK and US. But critics argue this is marketing hype. Artificial Intelligence has not yet happened and there is no sign of it being about to happen. Luc Julia, Samsung's vice president of innovation has stated we have better machines than in the past but they don't involve an artificial form of intelligence.
Should we see the future in automation and machine learning and give up on AI? Might this make us feel less scared and more in control of the future? Or is the artificial intelligence revolution not only on its way but already here and changing our world radically for better or worse.
Astronomer Royal and author of On the Future Martin Rees, theoretical physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton, Closure theorist Hilary Lawson and computer scientist Kate Devlin explore the true promise of AI.