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How advances in AI will transform online but won't translate in-store


Even now, all you have to do is Google search'AI 2017' to find headlines like these: '2017 laid the foundation for faster, smarter AI in 2018' 'All the creepy, crazy and amazing things that happened in AI in 2017' AI took the tech industry by storm. Swarm AI correctly predicted TIME's Person of the Year to be Donald Trump, AI moved into the household through the Amazon Echo and Google Home, and Google's DeepMind AlphaGo Zero conquered the 2,000-year-old board game'Go' through machine learning. If you didn't already know: AlphaGo literally recreated itself without the help of humans, using reinforcement learning to surpass the abilities of world champion Le Sedol and become the best Go player in the world. In 2018, poker bot Libratus was the first to beat 15 top human players, and American technology company Nvidia created AI that could mimic your facial features, handwriting, and voice. They created'celebrities' that don't even exist. Though it didn't impress everyone, with comments like: The iceberg that would later reveal the all-conquering and all-powerful force reckoned to control our entire lives – otherwise known as artificial intelligence.