Key take aways from the Gartner Symposium 2013

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Gartner Symposium 2013: Smart machines raise issues of ethics

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Business and IT leaders need to prepare for the disruptive promise of  "smart machines", according to Gartner.

Over the coming years machines like autonomous vehicles, intelligent personal assistants like IBM’s Watson), smart advisors and advanced global industrial control systems will become prevalent.

Gartner research fellow Steve Prentice believes smart machines represent the next generation of computing, and will shape society in a similar way to the industrial revolution.

"Smart machines take on tasks we thought only humans could do. They encroach on human space, but we are at a very early stage in their development," he said in a video interview with Computer Weekly.

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