AI has always seemed so far away, the not-too-distance future that’s just out of reach... it’ll never happen. Which I was always quite content with, given the pop culture incarnations of such tech – Terminator, anyone?

The Rise of the Robots rhetoric, our tin-can overlords will soon be with us! But they always have been, haven’t they?

AI isn’t a new concept, which I’ll admit I was slightly alarmed to realise, but upon further research it’s obvious – the idea has been with us since Antiquity.

From Hephaestus and Pygmalion’s Talos (who remembers Ray Harryhausens stop motion representation of Talos in Jason and the Argonauts? I don’t but my HoM waxes lyrical -apparently there’s a mechanical AI owl!) to Heron of Alexandria’s mechanical men, to the slightly more modern Frankenstein, AI has always been infused in our lives. But it wasn’t really until the last hundred years that it truly became a reality, and even more recently, an everyday fact.

I might be an avocado-toast-eating-multi-screen-using millennial but working in the tech industry has introduced me to the sharp rise of new tech quickly shaping, and reshaping, our lives - which is enough to make anyone’s head spin. With the likes of driverless cars soon to be a reality, are we relying too much on AI? We’ve all heard about the numerous deaths associated with them, a relative drop in the ocean maybe compared to average death on the road stats but really… do we need it? Can we really put our lives in the hands of this technology? In some cases, we already do. We have machines performing life-saving surgery – sometimes better than humans!

There’s long been debate about machines taking jobs, they already make our cars and will have a large impact on the manufacturing industry, but surely, it’s on us as a society to prepare the workforce for such monumental change, after all, we did see it coming. Bomb diffusing robots may actually be drones for now, but it won’t be long before they will be fully automated… as it always seems to be with AI, it’s a double-edged sword, it gives and it takes.

Ultimately, AI is something to be embraced, albeit approached with cautious optimism. And as we edge further and further into the automation revolution, life and the way we live will change, but just like the industrial revolution we’ll always adapt and make it work for ourselves in our own way – despite the ever-present threat of killer robots.