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Volume 65 Number 6 July 2016
The full-scale utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) in actual society, beyond the area of computer science, has begun. Although worldwide interest has been growing rapidly, today there is still a lot of misunderstanding about the true state of AI. This feature issue provides an overall picture of the many aspects of AI, the range of its applications, the depth of the technology,and will introduce innovations that are being achieved by general-purpose AI. We hope this will give you a feeling for how AI provides hope for surviving in an unpredictable era, and for the shape of the future in which AI and people will co-exist.