There is a line in the bible that can be modified as we approach the singularity of man and machine that fits for 21st century thinking, “Put not your trust in machines, and the machine’s of man.”
Ironically, that is the path we are currently walking down, as we try attempt to qualify what is important in life, in an every increasing world bent on quantifying everything, yet, forgetting about the meaning of gathering the data – the people like you and I.
Much of the last week has been delving into the anticipated path toward a spot in time when machine intelligence overtakes human intelligence. A time when machines learn to teach themselves and evolve into something that has intelligence, but without the need for man to program, feed algorithms, or teach it what to do.
I worry about this day, not because of the great possibilities that will be available with having things working that don’t sleep, rarely need food or toilet breaks, and come in complaining that another robot is bothering them or how the home robot life is terrible and causing massive stress to the robot.
My worry and concern is simply that if you look at humanity and man himself. He really hasn’t done a whole lot in several thousand years at evolving to a place of treating his fellow man with love and respect. Not just the people he likes, but even those he doesn’t understand or might not like.
Until this change, I have to fear that man is doomed to live in a world where fear will be the basic programming language, and economies will thrive based on that premise to create all sorts of worlds to keep the human being feeling safe in a world that there is no real guarantee for being safe.
At the least we will have a two class system. One will have humans living in a sort of wall-E type adventure cruise of non-stop entertainment to keep living the life. The rest will be impoverished and have lots of machines doing all the work, further keeping an ever-increasing population down.
I guess it boils down to how man decides how to use it all. Currently, money is the driving motivator for the global economics of life. For man to change, the motivator will have to be a balance between profit and simply social good for humans. Writing that last line makes me think it will simply be a pipe dream.
Perhaps I found the motivation for why we are trying to use technology to help people become more humane? It is really hard to change behaviors and habits we learn as we age. I see more people trying to get to a safe place, insulating themselves from change – all to live in a space that appears to be peace.
We keep forgetting or taking for granted how peace can change in what amounts to the blink of an eye.
For the nerds or technically curious out there…that is about 1/50th of a second.