The biggest AI stories of 2017

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Artificial intelligence — already a much-discussed science in recent years — moved to the center of public conversation in 2017. Leading tech voices continued to ring the alarm about the potential for a super-intelligent bot to take over the world in a very unpleasant way; others said the fears are vastly exaggerated. The latter gained more converts, namely because AI is nowhere near super-human intelligence at the moment.

We surveyed the community asking the following question: What was the most important AI story of 2017? Their answers follow.