The friction of the AI and robotics to the human market with either be like a meteor entering the earths atmosphere, or someone sliding down an asphalt street without leathers…either way, there will be some pain, it just a function of how much?
I have been saying I was going to take four examples from recent events in the world and write out a sort of case study with the effects of “smart” machines coming into the world of robotics and trying to understand what humans will actually be doing for work when advances in robotics and advanced artificial intelligence become reality. I don’t have great optimism for humanity because the speed of which the world can and probably will change will not allow for any reset or safety net with redundancy.
It is like the crashes with the Boeing 737. I was having a chat about the “how” of the system working and I did a double take in that while the sensors and systems designs have made flying much safer, and even brought us to a place where pilots really don’t have to do all that much in flying a plane. What I didn’t realize and is something I learned watching the infamous tech side of the “George Lucas super live adventure show” in Japan – was seamless levels of redundancy as well as a human operator that actually took the time to study and understand how it all works.
There was one show where this multi-million-dollar sound system really sounded terrible, and I asked, “what is up? You have the most sophisticated system, and it sounds this bad?”
“Oh, it is over the sound guy’s head, and he has a tape in and playing it.”
I don’t know how many levels of redundancy you need to build into things anymore to be safe, but I was surprised that there were none (as far as anyone can tell) with the way the aircraft relied on only one sensor to control the system. I can see how it would be an honest human mistake, and/or the sensors themselves are so advanced that a failure rate is something that doesn’t happen, or there is some failsafe to cut off the computer controlling the plane and allowing a pilot to actually fly it.
But this didn’t happen on two, and it is a sad and excellent example of the reality of bringing all the new technology from the lab into the world. Things, anomalies, quirks, acts of god and all sorts of variables can and will alter the design. Usually, there is a learning curve and fatal incidents, and accidents can be avoided – but sometimes they are part of the cost of improving the new systems to become safer than the old ones.
With the tech that is coming our way, I worry about the lack of a reset or stop that tells the systems, “something isn’t right…stop doing this.” With global networks wired, the flaw can and will spread at speed humanity has never seen before.
Hopefully, I am wrong, yet, I think the current systems are forcing growth based on commodification and short-term ROI versus a secure path to a longer-term view and safety.
Usually, I write in the morning, my day was interesting at looking at spaces for agriculture and some interesting ideas with helping some folks realize their dreams. I was out in the middle of nowhere and enjoying the stillness of nature, then it was what prayer I say talks about with the noise of the “give and take of business.” That noise seems to drown out humans helping humans and people working from a negative view of what can go wrong and not thinking, “imagine what can go right!”
Wasn’t I just thinking “what can go wrong with glitches in the future tech?” time for some rest. My bad.