The chess grandmaster, who once saw his skills outstripped by artificial intelligence, explains why it’s time to welcome the era of smart machines.

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Horror stories about artificial intelligence abound: whether it’s robots stealing our jobs, or smart appliances spying on you. Coping with the rapid rise of automation has become a grand challenge for the 21st Century, identified by academics and researchers across the globe.

The coming era of intelligent machines can sometimes sound terrifying, and even dystopian. Will it actually be, though? Not at all, says chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov.

Kasparov has direct experience of being humbled by a machine, so it's perhaps surprising that he has a pro-AI outlook. In the 1990s, the chess virtuoso made headlines when he played matches against IBM’s supercomputer, Deep Blue. He won once, but then lost in the rematch. Since then Kasparov has gone on to become something of an AI authority: his new book, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins was released last month.

The BBC Click team caught up with Kasparov at this year’s Hay Festival in the UK. In the video above, watch what he had to say about the inevitability of AI’s rise – and why it could actually be a revolution that will help humans work even better.

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