I don't know why I do what I do. I get a lot of grief about thinking working and creating ideas is fun. I did the been there, done that, space of thinking one can travel and see everything, or chase the latest trends, try to get a career with accolades and adulation from others. What can I say, I was an idiot and let my pride get ahead of my heart and soul. It appears to be a common issue in our instant gratification and pleasure age. I also feel a bit like a sparrow on a power line chirping, "Hey folks, do you see that big train coming towards you? you might want to get out of the way?"
What is the train? It has been moving down the tracks for some time now. It is the blending of the machine, artificial intelligence, machine, and deep learning – and then what I will call evolutionary algorithms or computing. I am not really sure what you call this. It is where an unconscious machine develops its own way of thinking and acting. Think of human ethics and biases. Now imagine the same things happening in devices. IT truly is an exciting and fascinating thing.
the problem is, "how will humans use and harness these amazing tools?"
right now the battleground is and has been set for the coming 20 years and the use of this data, while ideally to help humanity grow, evolve, make life healthier and more convenient – will most likely be used for fear, insecurity, monetization, greed, and power.
people say I am a pessimist in this idea, but if you look back with weapons evolution over time, man had simply figured out faster and more elaborate ways to annihilate their foe when difference became too large to live with.
We are fast becoming an age where I think of the speed of the best medical sensors from MIT and marvel at how sensitive and accurate they are. When camera phones were becoming common, and the little tiny cameras were cheap, I marveled at how spy satellites ganged them all together to great a mega mosaic where I think you could with 64 distinct video feeds zoomed in near real-time in ultra-high resolution on an area of earth from outer space.
Yesterday I read of a group putting on immersive shows with Meyer sound and projection at a pier in San Francisco. I can show you a sketch and the speaker arrays we were using in 1998 to get from those days audio to the idea of full immersion and movement of sound fields. Why?
Cause I thought live music (notice not canned or programmed) would be really amazing if you could have it go over, under, left, right, behind, in front of, or through you. Hell, we started with techno and electronics because it allowed the use of moving the sound fields versus the ridiculous computer horsepower needed to move live signals and process them.
Today. Hey, we have the "you" show that probably would be really fantastic today – the technology is almost there for the crowd to control the show and each show would never be the same. The only thing that was constant in that show was the finale – it showed the futility of where a man was going with his technology and human/mental health
Maybe that is why I don't do this stuff today? It was manipulation and not reality? We can have a long coffee chat about fact and probably need an infinite pot of coffee to ever get that answer.
What we have today are machines and algorithms which while are really cool – they are far from perfect in the evolution of where they will go and how man will use them, and/or how they will move, mutate, adapt, or evolved in ways we never imagined. If humans were a bit more developed in loving each other, I probably wouldn't have the heartburn or see the possible seemingly science fiction scenarios today that might play out in just 10-30 years. I pray, I am wrong.
But with machines and advanced AI (where machines will think for themselves and one day build themselves) what we have is a species called humans just pushing all the data out for these unconscious algorithms and machines to play with. Ironically, these computer learning states love to suck data, and my god are we producing the tools to measure and transmit it at an alarming rate.
how will man use it?
let's how we get conscious of how unconsciously we are using it all.
I remember the secretary of an executive at the bank of America. It was 1998? We were showing how we could move a giant 120' radius immersive visual screen with several sound towers, complete with a massive lighting rig. I have to laugh that the lighting rig was simply a redundancy solution if the 40 -15,000-lumen projectors failed. The show itself was powered by the audience. At the time the technology wasn't cutting edge, but it was bleeding edge.
Today. just like the George Lucas show we worked with in japan – it was too far ahead of itself with the technology. Today one could make a great show of it.
But there lies wisdom. Pandora's box was opened to all these years ago, and the powers that be – be it government/state or massive internet companies hold tremendous potential to do a great deal of good and/or programming of people with the unconscious algorithms.
What you have and will have is a solution to a few things in a very complicated and complex world. A small mutation or quirk in the systems will bring change at an alarming speed and rate upon the planet.
Will we as humans be conscious to handle it? Or will we be staring at our entertainment and selfies to notice?
right now, I don't think much of the planet even sees or hears that "train a commin."
I forgot to mention the one person that actually understood the "you' show idea among all the brilliant executive in that meeting at bank of America. it was the executive assistant that gasped, "my god, you guys can play god with this show?"
"We could, but that is not how we want or choose to. We want the people to actually run it. that is the beauty of what it can do and be."
then again, it was a time where open source was free, and the idea of the internet was to open up the world and make differences of opinions and views available to the world as a whole.
it is not like that today- everything is monetized by IP, nation/states, and giant computer multinationals that are driven by profit and not being humane.
Today, we use the same ideas to work on controlled spaces for food and the inner fitness of humans. It is a tiny market. Only 3-4% of humans will do the work to really change themselves at any one non-catastrophic moment on the planet.
A group of flow hackers came up for their data on how many million people it would take to really create change in the country and I got sad when I ran our numbers - their idea came up a few million short. Thus, I watch the train a commin and pray.