Coronavirus will finally give artificial intelligence its moment

An attendee plays table tennis with Omron Corp.'s Forpheus artificial intelligence robot during CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Bridget Bennett

For years, artificial intelligence seemed on the cusp of becoming the next big thing in technology - but the reality never matched the hype. Now, the changes caused by the covid-19 pandemic may mean AI's moment is finally upon us.

Over the past couple of months, many technology executives have shared a refrain: Companies need to rejigger their operations for a remote-working world. That's why they have dramatically increased their spending on powerful cloud-computing technologies and migrated more of their work and communications online...

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