From the golden robots of Hephaestus, to Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, to Hal 9000, we’ve been fascinated by the idea of artificial intelligence (AI) for centuries. Creating artificial self-directing intelligence is the #2 dream of mankind—second only to being able to fly like a bird. However, while the Wright brothers were off the ground in 1903, AI hasn’t been ready to take off until very recently. AI requires data + computing power + algorithms. We’ve had the algorithms for a long time; now, big data and colossal computing power have brought us past the tipping point.