Some doomsayers assume that most human employees will soon be replaced by smart machines. But I think that AI techniques will make many jobs better and more innovative. Bringing AI to the world of academic research, for example, will be akin to how Galileo’s creation of the astronomical telescope in 1609 radically advanced the study of cosmology.

For the Failure Institute (the research arm of the Fuckup Nights movement) AI will improve the speed and level of complexity at which we study how businesses and ideas fail. Combining natural-language processing and ai will allow us to ask a helpful robot about the chances of failing in business X in neighbourhood Y. Soon we will be able to generate a map showing in real time where firms are being closed around the world and why.