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By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

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