Artificial Intelligence 2030 – empowered or overpowered by technology?

Where will we be in ten years’ time with information and AI?

Text by Andy McDonald


Image: © Kheng Ho Toh/

General AI might be eons away, and we have no idea what it might bring. But the technologies around Narrow AI are here and are gradually creeping into our daily lives and changing them, whether we like it or not.

To understand the difference between General AI and Narrow AI, let’s take a look back into the early days of computer engineering. In 1935, at Cambridge University, Alan M. Turing conceived the modern computer. He described an abstract computing machine consisting of a limitless memory and a scanner that moves back and forth through the memory, symbol by symbol, reading what it finds and writing further symbols. The actions of the scanner are dictated by a program of instructions that is also stored in the memory in the form of symbols. This is Turing's "stored-program concept", and implicit in it is the possibility of the machine operating on and thus modifying or improving ...