A fresh dawn in AI and quantum computing now looks tantalisingly close

THERE are two grand ambitions now for computer science: truly intelligent machines and useful quantum computers. Recent developments recommend not just that these goals ought to be achievable, but that they may be closer than we think.

Take the quest to build up artificial general intelligence (AGI) – AIs that go well beyond being proficient at one specific task, but can instead do anything a human can. Some persons still think this is impossible. Yet analysis of AIs designed to master human language has prompted other experts to recommend that AGI might only be a matter of scaling up current technology. …

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