a friend made a comment about the coming robotics age and the free time humans will have. I asked, “what percentage of the population will use the new free time wisely?” his retort about using his time awaiting his new apple8 phone had me laugh – yet - it is probably the area and question that I do have for the Augmanity project. if you give people free time, will they use it wisely? or do you have to pay for that time to give it value so people respect it and use it wisely?
on the road, we would forbid sponsors from giving away any item at shows until after the show. they would not be very happy, but the reality of the financials is if you give something for free when they walk in – they will spend less at the event because they have something in their hands already. the one exception I wonder about is baseball game giveaway with branded merch.
what does this all have to do with anything? I guess it involves the internal and external human. in the developed world, I see so much money put into fashion and makeup. “look at me! I am so pretty!” I don’t mean to knock Emirates flight attendants, but my goodness, the makeup is so heavy that while it is good for the brand, it reminds me more of going to a cirque du solei show. stage make up is fine, if you are on a stage – but I don’t think everyday life is a stage despite watching all the selfie images being produced.
did anyone ever in a million years think people would take so many images of themselves 50 years ago?
Shakespeare wrote that all the worlds a stage and we are bit players but have we taken it to an extreme where we have a planet of people all trying to look their best externally, yet inside the heart and soul, we are probably as a collective heading the other way. are we more caring, loving and tolerant to each other?
this is the part that worries me about the coming robotics and advanced artificial intelligence age. the truth is that soon, with all the technology and quantum computing, a machine might very well be smarter than humans and do more. I enjoy making things and trying to find solutions to problems. it is amazing in 25 years what you can do with computers and technology in a small lab. I am happy with this – yet – I don’t see a whole lot of people really happy with what they do. they do it because they have family, kids and a mountain of debt to pay for – so that one day they can retire and enjoy the time.
it seems like an oxymoron of sorts to me in that seems more like the old model of life where when I was a kid, lots of people worked hard till they were 62, retired, and dropped dead soon after.
today, you have people living quite long and in the future with transhumanism and the advances in medicine that will come, we will have the ability to live a whole lot longer on this planet. what will people do with all that time?
will we spend it all on trying to chase some fountain of beauty and youth?
will we use all the free time to balance our internal beauty as well, even though that takes a whole lot of time and usually you can’t see it in the mirror?
it is those questions that have me look back at the historical behavior of man to his fellow man and all the greed, control, power, and hatred and unforgiveness I see - and think, "advanced artificial intelligence is not going to be for the good of all...just look at the reality of fashion and beauty at the external vs intenral levels."
time will tell, right now…back to bashing out the drafts of all the ideas. weeeeeee.