"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Stephen Hawking.

AI is a big deal: think electricity and the internal combustion engine. AI will impact society on a similar scale.

"AI is the ultimate breakthrough technology" Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

AI and its impact on employment is a big question, will Artificial Intelligence help or hinder?

I'm an optimist, I see responsible companies using AI with a humanised approach. If those super smart engineers that have created so many wonderful products that we now take for granted can also augment human intelligence we will see AI having a positive impact.

This will allow us (humans) to focus on the more interesting, challenging, creative and interpersonal parts of our jobs. We can kiss goodbye to the repetitive, dull, mindless tasks to the robots/machines/software.

Over the past 20 years, Europe's strongest economy Germany has quadrupled the number of robots used in its industries. The impact on German employment of all this automation? Close to nil.

"In 2020 AI will create 2.3 million jobs, whilst eliminating 1.8 million, making 2020 a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics" Gartner.

AI has truly amazing potential for humanity, AI is here. It's real. And it's time to sit up, take notice, and take advantage.