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I have a sentence where I already introduced a future hypothesis with "will":

Future enhancements in Artificial Intelligence will bring significant changes in our world, changing the way machines (will) see us.

Is it correct to exclude the second one, that I have put in parenthesis? The thing there's a gerund ("changing") in the mid makes me dubious. Thanks!

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  • Good question. Up-voted.
    – Nigel J
    Feb 5, 2018 at 17:09

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I don't think the second 'will' is necessary or even possible. Let me slightly change the sentence to focus on the relevant part:

...changing the way machines (will) see us.

means in context:

Future enhancements in artificial intelligence will change the way machines (will) see us.

What future enhancements in artificial intelligence will change is not the way machines will see us but just the way machines see us.

I mean, how can you change something that has yet to happen?

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  • Thanks for the clear answer. Indeed there's some unjustified optimism in my sentence, claiming that this fact is inevitable, nevertheless, I have run out of justifications against your claim "how can you change something that has yet to happen?" :-) Thanks! Feb 5, 2018 at 16:22

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