After many false starts, artificial intelligence has taken off. Will it cause mass unemployment or even destroy mankind? History can provide some helpful clues, says Tom Standage

  • People at the time did not talk of an “industrial revolution” but of the “machinery question”.
  • Britain has voted to leave the EU.
  • The special report will examine the rise of this new technology, explore its potential impact on jobs, education and policy, and consider its ethical and regulatory implications.
  • After many false starts, artificial intelligence has taken off.
  • Technology giants are buying AI startups and competing to attract the best researchers from academia.

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After many false starts, artificial intelligence has taken off. Will it cause mass unemployment or even destroy mankind? History can provide some helpful clues, says…


After many false starts, artificial intelligence has taken off. Will it cause mass unemployment or even destroy mankind? History can provide some helpful clues, says Tom Standage