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Microsoft Exec: In 20 Years, Everyone Will Have a Robot "Second Self"

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Microsoft executive Harry Shum confidently predicts that in 20 years everyone will have an artificially intelligent robot "alter-ego" that will know everything about them.

Shum, who is Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence & Research at Microsoft, told Business Insider that artificial intelligence will become more integrated in our daily lives as it becomes more sophisticated.

Asked, "What can someone expect 20 years from now in terms of a daily experience with AI?" Shum made a somewhat dystopian prediction that everyone would have a robot assistant that in essence would be a carbon copy of themselves.

"I think predicting the future is always hard, but one thing Brad and I firmly believe is that the ultimate form of AI is a digital assistant —a digital assistant that really understands you, and with your permission knows everything about you," said Shum.

"Internally we use the words "alter ego" — really a second self. I think that a lot of AI capabilities will be developed in 20 years. There's already so much progress with reading and writing, and things like guiding people through solving math equations, and AI will be able to help us do a lot more," he added.

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