Artificial intelligence technology is waiting for its Sputnik moment. The Soviet Union put its infamous unmanned probe into orbit around our planet in 1957. Though Sputnik resembled a two-foot wide beach ball and barely weighed 200 pounds, it was a shot heard around the world. Sputnik signaled that there was new territory in play for world powers to jockey and improve their positions. The United States formed NASA the very next year, and manned space exploration became practical reality soon after that. There’s a clear comparison between the space race of the 1960s and the present-day surge in national AI…

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