Rise of the machines

Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, made the case in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year that “artificial intelligence is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire.” This is a bold claim, but it does reflect the potential seen in AI algorithms, machine learning, big data and data science by business and government. It is not surprising, then, that regulators are also looking at how they can harness these techniques to carry out their work more effectively.

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