The Matrix is coming, but it might not look quite how you might expect.

A study by advisory firm Leading Edge Forum titled Embracing 'the Matrix' and the Machine Intelligence Era, suggests that the combination of cloud computing and artificial and machine intelligence (MI) "will increasingly be able to perform just about everything that companies and individuals do, and many things that we cannot".

This combination of technologies, the LEF believes, will mark a major new phase of innovation which it has dubbed 'The Matrix' in a nod to the cyberpunk films released across the late 90s and early 2000s.

In essence, the Leading Edge Forum suggests "an ever more capable digital ecosystem" is increasingly underlying business infrastructure, helping organisations to radically transform not only their business, but society in a way which will only get stronger over time as consumer expectations rise...

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