If you’re ready to de-reify your brain, read this.
My previous post asked the question: What will be the point of life be in the technological age.
Perhaps I should have posted the above question first.
Today the spread of AI barely raises an eyebrow, to the point that we are growing increasingly comfortable with keeperless shops, tutorless classrooms, bankerless trading and even doctorless surgeries.
Do machines run or are they ruining our lives?
How do you stay relevant with so much information available to you?
It’s not the information age; it’s the age of over information!
When you’re walking down a typical city street these days, it’s hard not to bump into people who are so absorbed in their smartphones and tablet computers that they’re almost one with their gadgets, oblivious to the world around them.
We just need to ask ourselves, are we becoming victims of potential danger and laziness due to cell phones, computers, AND ALGORITHMS?
I call it digital dependence.
Life is not an Algorithm spreadsheet.
At the moment it is true to say that the biggest limitation of the human intellect is its shelf life. You only have so many years to learn, because no matter how smart you get, eventually the body that carries around your observations and insights will die.
It is more than a little frightening to know that science and machines could soon have access to our innermost thoughts LEADING TO neuromarketing, which targets people’s brains by manipulating their wants and desires through marketing and advertising.
To understand what relevance is, we must understand what it is not.
Our thoughts and actions could actually be hijacked by a form of media that makes us think we’re getting what we want when really, we’re going for something our brains may only think is supposed to be good.
There are some serious question on the horizon with technology.
Who or what remains relevant in an age where technology evolution is taking place so rapidly?
What to do with all of this data, and more specifically and maybe more urgently, how can we keep all of our activities in the virtual space from shaping the real space of our world?
You might think that in the past few years, individuals have become more and more empowered in a new emerging economy called data. The truth is that our choices in buying products and accessing news and information narrows as the enormous stores of data accumulate.
If you want examples to look at the results and what influenced them in the election of Donal Trump, Brexit etc.
Data and the machines and algorithms used to manage and make sense of it could largely replace independent decision-making — either large or small — and it is happening at such a speed that it’s sometimes hard to remember the data isn’t in control.
It seems one of the biggest challenges for leaders today is how to remain current and relevant in such changing times.
People still control the data, but just who has this control and what they do with it will become an ongoing challenge.
The major decisions will not be ours.
Picture a tiny bit of a thing on an already minuscule computer chip. Something microscopic with the power to think like a computer without the need of complex circuitry and capable of being moved by light or sound:
That is quantum technology simplified.
Put less simply, quantum control uses a technology derived from physics for computer applications.
So are we relevant or will we be relevant? or are we getting lost in the evolution?
Quantum computer will merge science and technology into something that isn’t mere experimentation but has enormous implications because they work and may someday power the computer and communication devices we use every day.
What if we could capture and digitize the entire information content of our brains and then upload that data to a computer or a robot?
Find a way of copying and uploading human consciousness into a machine, or even a holographic virtual body — basically, a software replica of a person that has the ability to operate machines not by flipping a switch or manipulating a joystick, but by simply thinking about them.
The key to such power is something called a brain-machine interface, or BMI, which essentially is a communication pathway that allows your neurons to send signals to external gadgetry, just as easily as they do to your muscles.
This technology is still in its infancy, but scientists envision someday equipping paralyzed people with neuroprostheses that would enable them to control powered exoskeletons to walk and do other everyday activities that fully-abled people take for granted.
Such chips eventually may have the ability not just to store information, but to learn and remember. That could mean that we’ll not only be able to create complete copies of our brains’ content but that those copies would be able to keep using what we know and build upon it, long after our original meat bodies have vanished.
That may sound totally, impossibly crazy. But given researchers’ recent progress in developing neurosynaptic computer chips — that is, machines that mimic the neurons and synapses of the brain — it’s hard to just scoff.
BMI envision that someday, not only will we be able to turn the stove off or start the car by thinking about it, but we’ll be wirelessly connected to thought-controlled computers and devices that will continually provide us with information — for example, the names of people whose faces we can’t place.
The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency has been working on AR-enabled contact lenses [source: Sakr].
Such devices will be able to read digital information embedded in the landscape itself, in the form of radio frequency identification tags (RFIDs) attached to objects, buildings and even people [source: Edwards].
Are we relevant or will we be relevant?
Currently, Algorithms operators are the sole judges of their own competence.
As the world gets smaller by sharing more and more of the same cyberspace and social tools, we are, like it or not, becoming a bigger collective target becoming assets of tokenization by AI.
Personally, I’m hoping someone will develop a technology that will assist us in becoming more empathetic, compassionate and willing to play nice with others.
Who knows what all of this will lead to.
We have to do something because if we just sit back and be complacent we are going to lose what makes any of us relevant on this planet –
Profit-seeking Algorithms run counter to what, throughout the twenty century had become a received wisdom- Life with free will.
The dangers of received wisdom in the twenty-first century is that it is never absolute and it can change – sometimes almost overnight. Received wisdom’ is often anything but ‘wise.’ as it has no backbone or foundation in facts.
This perceived wisdom is then spread like wildfire, aided by Social Media platforms and smartphone which are merely forms of corporate identity aiding inequality.
Resulting in those who embraced modernism as the badge of freedom and a political expression resting in a vegetative state of algorithms designed to control, to conform to a status and normative sense of cultural identity and a sanctified version of collective history.
Are we relevant, will we be relevant? I think not unless we start to re-educate our received wisdom with values that are common to us all. The here and now is simply not enough. We are witnessing a steady decline in trust – in governments, brands and even each other. If this is true, where will we look for community, collectivity, and governance in the future?
What kind of world do you want to live in?
All human comments appreciated. All like clicks chucked in the bin.
What do we all need to learn and teach in order to equip our people with the skills necessary to remain relevant in a world in which AI has just ushered in another Cambrian Explosion?
But on the other hand,
The global spending on AI at the moment is around 19 billion.
The EU new regulations require most companies that collect EU resident,s data to get the consent of the people whoes data is being processes.
What is now needed is a law that forces companimes to explain how an AI algorithm came to the outcome it did and whether the lgorithm is flawed.
All of this discontent may breed organized anarchy or rebellion in the form of technological or infrastructure sabotage, either physically or in cyberspace.
While our data puts us all “out there” in many ways, that same data enables those involved in dark networks and activities to get lost and take on false, covert identities in order to plan bigger and bigger attacks.
cognitive technology to describe how electronic devices and other tools can assist and influence humans’ mental activities, such as learning, retaining and retrieving information from memory, and problem solving
“Cognizers can offload some of their cognitive functions onto cognitive technology, thereby extending their performance capacity beyond the limits of their own brain power”
new generations of psychoactive drugs and electronic implants eventually emerge, cognitive technology is likely to really, really rock our world. Here are five such potential future developments.