Foreword: This weekend I had a moment where my eyes were opened to see something different. In the past year, I have done my best to sit in on courses about big data, how that data is managed, and complex system analysis. I know, I must be a geek to spend my free time having those items as interests.
Almost concurrently, I have been working in the area of object recognition and how the Internet algorithms process information, based on where you are on the planet, as well as other social or cultural elements
Both of the aforementioned topics have been provided a great challenge as I look towards what will soon happen when man and machine really will converge to a place where the machine will gain a super intelligence capability. How this will play out with mankind is a question that after a discussion with part of the augmanity team – while I am optimistic that man can change – much of the team asked a great question, “what is the motivation for man to change?”
Emotional Care Giver Animals -(they aren’t guide dogs for the blind, but the animals people carry along with them to cope)- Sunday Morning, I was in a discussion about service dogs on planes, and a story of how a woman brought a pig on the plane claiming it was an emotional helper (or some term like that) I was a bit shocked at how we are using our pets as our emotional helpers, and that much like our society of taking a pill to think it will cure some illness, we go on a path where coping is acceptable and good enough and trying to actually cure oneself is considered too much work.
As we chatted, I brought forth how the future, will be alive with all types of robots that will server great purposes with monitoring health, keeping the elderly company in nursing homes and even replacing people for merchandising and servicer related jobs – like getting fast food orders, or a box of popcorn at the movie theater. I asked, “Where will new job creation happen for those people that are being replaced?”
“Oh that will never happen!” was the comment
“I doubt you can totally take humans out of the equation, but if you owned a business and you had an army of workers that didn’t need sleep, food, days off, or an emotional care giving dog to keep it company all day – and the machines cost less – what would you do?”
Basically I was told to shut up, and in a paraphrase, "there is no way robots will take jobs like that away!"
The reality is that machines will come into our lives in the developed world in ways that will make human life easier and more convenient. What it will not do is make human beings easier to get along with and smarter. but alas, there are a lot of people that don't see the new machine age knocking on their door.
Law of Dilution – Saturday, I was brainstorming and playing with ideas when for whatever reason, I just started randomly trying sequences to a visual question in front of me that involved the web and the people posting comments. It was one of those rare, “what did I just do? How did I get here? And what is going on with the patterns and results? Huh?” Type moments.
I replicated the idea a few times to see if I wasn’t crazy like thinking I was hearing van halen was being played in church Saturday evening. But I went back and tried a different sequence and fell over with how fast the results came forth with the problem.
At that moment, I realized how nicely one can manage mass data, and how scary it was to dig into one person or thing. It is sort of like what the United States has done with privacy post 9-11. We gave up a lot and were really not given much in return, except that to keep people safe, we neglect the idea of people being decent and trying to behave and consider everything a threat and have to week through all the normal to find the abnormal. The idea of profiling works really well for national security – but alas, it is unconstitutional.
So why exactly is all the data being taken in from everyone? That is constitutional?
The other odd part is that people put the data out freely. It is like these blog posts. I just write them and a few folks read them if they want to. My reason, when I studied facebook and all the other various social media models, I really had heartburn with people observing something and retransmitting it. What do people really want to think about, why are they doing something? What are they passionate about are the stories I want to hear about.
Each of us has a story inside of us – yet – few seem to take the time to tell them – even blab about them.
So you stick the data out in a place where no one will find it – right in the middle of it. Just don’t link it to the massive social machines. What happens if you do?
Well? You make the law of dilution reality in how I can take 3-8 steps to actually go and get to a place in the data stream where the results I saw had me think I was insane – yet – each time I tried the sequence, I got the same results
I think that is when I realized maybe I was giving man too much credit to really want to change even himself. IN Sundays meeting I was asked, “do you really thing man is that smart?”
“Up until yesterday, yes, I did.”
I am not sure what sequence i realized, or if it is some naturally occurring law. But i call it the “Law of Dilution.”