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Artificial intelligence is poised to impinge on our lives in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago, writes Carly Kind.

The World Today Updated 2 November 2020 Published 11 February 2020 4 minute READ

Carly Kind

Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

The most important policy debate of 2020 will be over the governance of Artificial intelligence and the first shots in this battle have already been fired.

Forget driverless cars or autonomous weapons, the most complex and far-reaching AI application causing concern to governments, companies and society at large is facial recognition technology. Not that feature on your smartphone that conjures up a small thrill of glee each time you open your device, but the pervasive, invisible and rapidly improving technology that is now virtually ubiquitous, from private apartment buildings to check-out tills.

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