A.I. or ‘Artificial Intelligence’ is a subject I find fascinating. The possibility of humans merging with machines is not just a reflection of our imagination. Let’s ask the question of how advanced this is, and you’ll begin to see that we are not far off reaching our objective. Kurzweil predicts this date could be as soon as 2045, (that’s only 30 years away).
The next advancement in human development, or is it just Sci-Fi?
If you haven’t picked up on this yet, the media have already started to introduce the concept of humans merging with machines. When you look at movies such as Ex Machina, TV dramas like Humans (on C4), and people in high positions talking about humans merging with machines, this makes you take notice, well it makes me take notice!
Roman V. Yampolskiy who wrote ‘Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach’, (opens your mind to A.I.) and Kurzweil who wrote ‘The Singularity Is Near’, which is an interesting read. For those who don’t know who Kurzweil is, he is the director of engineering at Google.
An interesting story in the LA times suggesting that Robots could take our Jobs, really… When it comes to business; it makes sense to use technology to enhance performance. Should we question the morality of technology? We should question everything in my opinion. The one thing that’s clear to me is that technology enhances business when the right technology is applied to a business and managed properly. We can clearly see how technology has taken over our lives in relation to education, ticket sales, self-checkouts, dependency on technology and so on… Read this statement from Ofcom, it’s a scary fact! Should we manage our time better?
Consumers are spending almost half (45 per cent) of their waking hours watching TV, using their mobiles and other communications devices, new Ofcom research revealed today. – ofcom
The future of jobs
We should look at this and question what’s going to happen. Are robots really taking over our lives? Let’s look at machines, computers, and mobile devices, they are there to enhance our lives by pushing through production at a faster rate, helps to create jobs for the creative sectors and financial institutions and helps to create jobs in other areas.
The more we develop technology for the benefit of our lives we’ll achieve the singularity state quicker than the predicted date. (I believe we could reach this state within the next 10 to 15 years, ‘if it’s not already integrated into society’).
In the future most generalized jobs will be replaced by technology, this should help us to re-focus on the types of jobs we should go for and what we should look at studying in our Universities and colleges.
Ok, so what’s the real interest in A.I.?
Let’s consider, for example; life extension technology, deep space exploration and advanced learning capabilities (to name a few). A.I. or ‘Artificial Intelligence’ will help us calculate large amounts of data very quickly and enable us to push technology further. The question remains, do we want to make a robot that’s capable of taking over humans? That’s a morality question or a ‘what if’ question… A.I. will enable us to further advance and enrich our lives. So where does this leave humans? Apart from our conscious or soul, in comparison with a machine, we are simply limited by intellect, illness, and aging. Don’t worry, I haven’t ruled the human race yet!
Let me know your thoughts on A.I.