The 100-year transformation of artificial intelligence from a theoretical pursuit into an important component of our economic infrastructure is somewhat analogous to the 3.8 billion years in which Earth’s biosphere was dominated by increasingly complex single-celled organisms—and symbiotic communities of such organisms. Following an event known as the Cambrian Explosion, every form of multicellular life came into existence in just 538 million years. As we explained in Ride the Wave, artificial intelligence has just reached its tipping point analogous to the Cambrian Explosion. How is this evolutionary process likely to progress? What are some of the biggest threats and opportunities arising out of it? How is it likely to impact the economic realities of industries, businesses, and individuals? We’ll provide the answers.
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