Me and my friend were talking about going to Kars by train. A few minutes later my friend took his mobile in his hand and sees a Kars advertisement on his Instagram, saying excitedly “Can’t believe this. Instagram shows me an advertisement about a train journey to Kars. This is a sign, we should definitely go”.
You must have experienced similar situations repeatedly, right?
Yes, this is a sign. But this is not a sign for you to take a train to Kars; this rather indicates that our smart phones are listening to us.
Smart phones know us even better than our closest ones. In fact, they know us even better than we know ourselves.
IS THE HUMAN RACE COMING TO AN END?
Artificial intelligence technology is a very controversial area. While some see the future of humanity in artificial intelligence people like Stephan Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates argue that we should be very careful with artificial intelligence.
Hawking was thinking that “the development of full artificial intelligence” could end the human race. Bill Gates says that he does not understand why people are not concerned about artificial intelligence. Elon Musk underlines that artificial intelligence is the biggest existential threat.
As you will guess, we are not talking about a simple artificial intelligence like Siri which you like chatting on your phone; we are talking about a danger that may take the human race to an end by invading the world like the one we saw in Transcendence (2014) starring Johnny Depp. (Science and technology writer Tom Standage underlines that one should watch science fiction movies carefully to be able to envisage the future of technology.)
Artificial intelligence will be so smart that will surpass human intelligence. This is okay, but will it be also ethical, fair and conscientious in the sense we know?
INFORMATION COUNTING MACHINES INSTEAD OF COMPUTERS
I read three different books from the Science – Technology – Future series of the Black Book. The first of them is Super You which tells the story of how the technology redefines the humanity. It is written by Andy Walker, Kay Walker and Sean Carruthers. You should read this book if you are curious about whether you will live for hundreds of years or what your not-yet-born grandchildren will turn into in the future.
The second one of the series is Megatech-Technology in 2050 written by Daniel Franklin. In the book, twenty people who are experts in their own fields tell about the big ideas of the future, who we will take shape, fantastic inventions, expectations and possibilities.
What would you say if we had a world, within a few decades, where everything around us would be counting information in the absence of computers? Having simultaneous translations to understand those speaking in different languages, seeing everything you know about a person on his face when you come across each other, walking on a street in 3D to experience the atmosphere it had back in the, say, 14th century. To be honest, it is a bit disturbing that how this increased reality that now appears to us as a scene from a movie will be pretty ordinary for 2050.
TO UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE
The third one of the series and to me the one that puts things in the simplest way is Amir Husain’s the Sentient Machine. Those who want to understand the future should definitely read this. The book uses striking examples and arguments to explain the fact that artificial intelligence is dangerous because it is (will be) smarter than us. On the other hand, it also explains that life is never be the same again if artificial intelligence can be used for good purposes…
A day will come when professions such as medicine, law, engineering will be performed by advanced artificial intelligence. But what will happen to us if machines will replace us in the future? This is exactly what the humanity should be concentrating on…