Entering the Matrix: The state of AI in 2019 - Verdict

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The Matrix reached US cinemas just over 20 years ago and articulated society's fear of the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential to overpower the human. The film taps into ongoing human anxiety around technology and our ability to control it, best epitomised by Mary Shelley's 19th century trope of the Frankenstein's Monster-- the notion that we may well lose control of our own creations as we strive to push the boundaries of science. The human relationship with technology remains a fraught one, but there is little question that AI has the potential to be revolutionary. The McKinsey Global Institute Study reported that in 2016 alone, between $8bn and $12bn was invested in the development of AI worldwide, and Goldstein Research predicts that by 2023, AI will be a $14bn industry. While few of us yet use driverless cars and interact regularly with the animated robots of another science fiction story, I Robot, AI is nonetheless beginning to affect our daily life.