While at world level the uptake of digital tools and solutions to guarantee the continuation of business during the Covid pandemic has once-and-for-all made us understand we are capable of living in a 4.0 planet, we cannot say the same for Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Digitization, imposed by the change in our work habits, accelerated by the pandemic, is destined to remain a permanent feature of our societies. It has become a necessity" said few weeks ago, Mario Draghi, former president of the European Central Bank.
Unlike any other technology in modern history, artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to reshape the character of warfare. As with electricity in the 20th century, AI possesses the ability to animate everyday products and communications, enabling everything from vehicles to cameras to weapons systems with the ability to interact with the world around them, and with each other. What’s more, AI allows seemingly mundane items to not only actively assess their environment, but also to learn from it and make adaptations and improvements on the fly.
In China, it is very likely that an army of robots will soon replace the terracotta one. After all, President Xi Jinping himself called it in 2014: "the robot revolution".