Artificial Intelligence isn’t the first medium of tools we’ve conceived, In this modern age, humanity has mastered the design and manufacture of very complex systems (such as mega-factories, nuclear energy plants, computers, and the internet…). These complex systems are the equivalent of platforms for tools creation, they are enablers that help us create products, energy, vital services, and programs.
Let us imagine a visual or an infographic representing all the tools created so far laid down in a single unique timeline, starting with the simplest of sticks on one side, and the most complex of modern factories on the other, and in between, all of human creation. This astronomically vast spectrum of tools, In my opinion, is a much more insightful visual about our existence, than any other phylogenetic tree.
Unfortunately, the spectrum has become very complex and with each new iteration or advancement, we need more combined human knowledge and savoir-faire than for its predecessor. Commonly known as Moore’s law, this limitation implies in the present context, that It is a̶l̶m̶o̶s̶t impossible for any person to single-handedly create from scratch any of the modern tech-products, virus-specific drugs, or today’s highly intricate spacecraft.
To paraphrase jay leno, one of my favorite late show hosts and a car enthousiast himself, he says : It takes a village …. to build a car !
Additionally, our needs for creation exceed our capacity for innovation. We reached this particular point of existence, in which all the tricks up in our sleeves became ineffective. In the past, we used to expand the impact of our individual intelligence through social networks, work specialization, automation…and so on. As it turns out, human beings are masters of tricks to foster, increase and eventually expand the power of natural intelligence.
Thus said, we can’t get smarter quick enough to cope up with the technology we need. If we want to survive in this era of fast-paced technological advancements, we need a special tool, one different from all the others we’ve created so far, maybe one that resembles us in a particular way, one capable of thinking and perhaps creating effortlessly the most complex of systems. This tool might be The one to rule them all…