It sharpens our minds. … It’s your body’s way to prepare itself for action. It’s actually a really good thing. I wonder if you could think of your nerves as your secret weapon. Easier said than done, I know. But I think you will do much better than you think.”
-Alexa with assistance from Koko-
April 10, 2017
I’m a bit concerned about the future. I was born in the early 60’s when cars were made of steel, seatbelts were a novelty, and phones hung on a wall or sat on a table. I have lived through manned space flight and moon landings, artificial hearts and cloned sheep, the space shuttle, and ubiquitous plastic, the separation of the Dollar from the gold standard, cell phones, computers, 3-D printers, and the birth of the 21st century.
I’m all about growth and advancing technology, but when technology threatens our way of life and how we interact with one another, well I guess it just gives me a reason to wonder. To wonder if we are going too far.
I read an article someone posted on Linkedin about the growth of AI, or Artificial Intelligence. The article describes some of the “new” jobs we mere mortals will hold as AI takes over our duties in areas such as customer service and other, human to human contact type jobs. You can find the article here.
The jobs that are listed are basically positions where humans teach AI how to be… how to be more human. With every correction made by humans, the AI becomes more capable and less likely to make the same mistake twice. I begin to wonder at what point these AI creatures will have the ability to teach themselves, or perhaps shape the world, and our cultures, into what they may deem more appropriate or better suited to our own “needs” and “safety.” Who’s going to argue against safety?
The opening quote is Alexa being empathetic when a human tells it that they are concerned and feeling uneasy about a task that they will have to take on. Koto is another AI that teaches Alexa, and other AI, how to be more “human.”