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Computers are amazing: they can process vast amounts of data, at an astonishing speed, and they are getting smarter all the time. It is now decades since they showed their ability to do humdrum calculations, such as ﬁnding a cube root. Now they can plan the quickest route to drive from A to B, avoiding traffic jams, and tell us our arrival time. They can predict pretty accurately how many cartons of milk a shop is likely to sell in two days’ time. They can recognise faces. They can steer a car through heavy traffic.
This exponential growth in computing power will not