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Adapt to AI as it takes hold at the workplace

This is the eleventh of 12 primers on current affairs issues that are part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz

A robot at an exhibition in Qingdao, China. Artificial intelligence refers to computer-controlled robots or systems which can perform the tasks that a human can. It tries to simulate intelligent behaviour and human traits such as decision-making, and
A robot at an exhibition in Qingdao, China. Artificial intelligence refers to computer-controlled robots or systems which can perform the tasks that a human can. It tries to simulate intelligent behaviour and human traits such as decision-making, and is now used in a multitude of settings.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

In the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe movie series Iron Man, the titular character - billionaire Tony Stark - was assisted by Jarvis, an artificial intelligence (AI) system he built.

Jarvis, which stands for Just A Really Very Intelligent System, ran everything from Stark's mansion to the Iron Man armour he wore before his death in Endgame.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2019, with the headline 'Adapt to AI as it takes hold at the workplace'. Subscribe