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Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (AI) involves making intelligent machines — making computers that can do things that humans consider intelligent and even more. Computers will act like human brains, or better them, and will respond to situations and events in ways that are error-free and faster

2015
Robots will begin to do jobs such as farming

2020
Robot rights will emerge as an issue in many countries. There will be debates on the civil rights and legal protection of robots

Mind-reading robots that can be controlled by human thought will appear

2030
Robots will start replacing the bulk of administration employees in large corporations. Artificial intelligence will take over most labour-intensive jobs

A card the size of a micro SD card will have the storage capacity of 20,000 human brains

2040
Robots will be used to sit in crime hotspots, freeing up the police force for other duties

Exabyte (1 billion GB) storage will be available, boosting space-thirsty AI and similar technologies

The predictions are compiled from the writings of futurists Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock and The Third
Wave; Ian Pearson, a futurologist with Futurizon who is credited to have an "85 per cent accuracy at the 10 year
horizon"; Patrick Dixon, business consultant and head of trends forecasting company Global Change; Ray
Kurzweil, author and inventor with interests in optical character recognition and speech recognition; and Thomas
Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute; among others

(This story was published in Businessworld Issue Dated 12-12-2011)