The last two chapters of The Universal Machine are about the role computers will play in our future. Obviously Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a large component of that and, not coincidentally, a research area I have been involved with since 1985. Consequently I have seen AI go from being the "next big thing," to becoming lost in the AI Winter and now see AI all around me and once again it being lauded as our savior. It's interesting then to see articles like this one by the legendary Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla in TechCrunch chart the history, failure and rebirth of AI (Part 1 of 3 is here).
[As an aside - do you know who wrote the screenplay for the excellent Spielberg/Kubrick movie A.I? Answers on an email please and you could win a free copy of The Universal Machine]