1. AI predictions: Professor Stephen Hawking
Speaking at the opening of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge University, Hawking outlined the potentially devastating pitfalls of artificial intelligence.
"I believe there is no deep difference between what can be achieved by a biological brain and what can be achieved by a computer. It therefore follows that computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, and exceed it."
Hawking went on to describe two possible paths, one of disease and poverty eradication and the other of autonomous weapons and machines unable to be controlled by humans.
"In short, the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity. We do not yet know which.