AI competition is the new space race

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It's been another year of relentless artificial-intelligence hype and incremental AI achievement. Machines still beat humans only in carefully constructed environments or at narrow tasks.

The good news is that, as the technology progresses, the race for leadership is still wide open, and even Europe, where politicians fret that the continent is lagging behind China and the United States, is still quite competitive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2019, with the headline 'AI competition is the new space race'. Subscribe