I am still giving some thought and time to the future of robotics and machines this morning. I guess I was surprised at the more short-term view of this industry by people all trying to come up with a product to monetize ideas for short-term, scalable gain – aka – gobs of cash for self. there is nothing wrong with this idea, as when you are younger, you tend to think success is more about stuff and acquisition of things than taking some time for a longer-term view of “am I helping make the planet or humanity better today?” the latter point is not so hip or cool in a consumeristic society.
so, what came to my mind was the future of AI, quantum computers, and service/mfg./helper bots might very well be the ultimate in optimization and sharing of tools. I have to sit back and scratch my head in that the robots, given the freedom of the human bias of greed, lust for power, and pride – perhaps might be able to create a system where machine bias becomes a world of many smaller seemingly dumb bots working together as a sharing collective, for the better good of (I am not sure if it will be robots or humans?)
but what an interesting vision this could be, and a very powerful toolset for humanity to benefit from.
what I don’t see happening is the human factor. yesterday I joked about “what will humans do in the future – just eat all the food the vertical farm robots eat?”
the truth is, I don’t really know what humans will be doing in 100-300 years, should we not destroy ourselves or the planet. I get a creepy picture that the world will further differentiate a divide between humans and a strange set of classes. for the sci-fi minded, you have one group that “has” who live in a pristine bubble world of sorts where some algorithm of an entity that keeps power dumbs everyone down in an illusion that they have a perfect life. the have-nots, well, their existence on the planet is not much different than what we see in a lot of the planet where survival trumps living. the difference will be that this element of society will almost appear invisible to the developed world.
that is unless the machine learning can teach humans about sharing, helping each other and living in harmony with each other – and not the current state of fear we tend to be living in with the media and other forms of information bombarding us. (I watched USA news the other day and thought, “what happened to reporting a story?)
while I marvel at what will be possible with technology in 10, 30, 100 years…it is coming to a place where the weakest link in the process will soon be humans. and for that, I ask, “what will we really do once we strip away all the levels of inefficiency, image, and waste that we have created in society?”
what will humans actually if they don’t change the trajectory or life they live on this planet? use the time to grow as humans? or just sit there in a blob and consume with little thought given to “why?” we do?