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Will computers rule the world?


The past two decades have seen technology spread into almost all areas of the economy and our everyday lives. Even our fridges, hairdryers and hoovers are connecting to the internet and beaming data about our most intimate habits to some indefinite cloud. Although computers lack humans’ innate creativity, they have long overtaken us in their ability to store and process information, recognise patterns and learn from their mistakes. What challenges does digitisation pose to society, and how can we best share its benefits?