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Artificial You by Susan Schneider

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CHAPTER ONE

THE AGE OF AI

You may not think about AI on a daily basis, but it is all around you. It’s here when you do a Google search. It’s here beating the world Jeopardy! and Go champions. And it’s getting better by the minute. But we don’t have general purpose AI yet—AI that is capable of holding an intelligent conversation on its own, integrating ideas on various topics, and even, perhaps, outthinking humans. This sort of AI is depicted in films like Her and Ex Machina, and it may strike you as the stuff of science fiction.

I suspect it’s not that far away, though. The development of AI is driven by market forces and the defense industry—billions of dollars are now pouring into constructing smart household assistants, robot supersoldiers, ...

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