A recent feature in the FT Weekend Magazine about the UK spy agency GCHQ revealed to me one especially surprising titbit: the agency had been inspired to create an internet surveillance system by the Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind, based on an academic paper about an artificial chess grandmaster.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.