TOKYO -- Researchers and business communities have high hopes that artificial intelligence could significantly improve various industries and economies across the world. Japan's Hitachi has already put advanced technologies into a wide range of services. President Toshiaki Higashihara, in a recent interview with The Nikkei, gave his views on how AI will play a role in our everyday lives and the economies of the countries we live in.
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