I had a mental block about artificial intelligence and machine learning. I was listening to all the media debate about people losing jobs and the threat of the robots taking over and the Singularity. I wasn’t sure what to think. My exposure to AI over the years had been minimal, but what I did understand was that it was still very rudimentary and didn’t bear much resemblance to literary images of Asimov’s I, Robot or HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The other thing that I was aware of was that the current applications require large volumes of data to be useful.

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