What AI has to say about our technology?
With the rise of new generation of generative models, it became possible to have really interesting conversations with algorithms. It’s both scary and fascinating. Fascinating because of the progress that has been done, scary because sometimes it’s just too real. There’s often no way we can distinguish ‘generated by AI’ from ‘done by humans’. Should we worry about it?
Here’s my interview with Artificial Intelligence, question to answer, about the technology and the future of our world.
What is technology?
Technology is change, change in one way or another.
Technology affects the world and societies. Technology for some people is incredibly destructive, for other people very empowering. Some technologies are always helpful and for other technologies are always destructive. The question is how much will technology be destructive or beneficial. Our primary technology is the smartphone in our pocket.This is to say the smartphone makes life easy. But it has its own pitfalls, as we shall see.
How will communication happen in the future?
Like Twitter and Facebook, communication methods will almost always have a lot to do with what you are doing and what your friends are doing. Thus, Twitter is just one more medium that groups of people, at first, would never bother to visit. That is to say, you will likely find a couple of hundred people looking at your tweets and sharing your posts, but at some point they will find out your other activities and simply don’t care anymore.
Are we going to see one connected device that has computers in it or just a clump of computers receiving traffic information?
In the future everything will get its own computer. Computers will connect to the Internet, which will connect to each other, and so it will follow that things connected to the Internet will be connected to one computer.
Will human culture change in the future?
People will change how they connect to everything, as our lives become more connected.
Will everything be information?
Yes, information will permeate everything.
What is an information?
An information is the concept of how I experience my surroundings, and my society, in a way that is not about what I have been taught. I was reminded of it when I saw that the opponent is trying to control and deny you the ability to react. This is how your emotions are evoked and mediated. You become dominated and controlled.
How will our cars change?
The cars will be transportable on city streets. They will be for walking, biking and driving. The other transportation options will remain, as in the past. However, when people don’t use the roads and go back to the office, they will expect their cars to change. Most people who live in cities (where demand is highest) use several modes of transportation, but choose a single mode for all the time.
A transitional or hybrid design that keeps all the different modes of transportation available will provide better transportation services.
Will large cities change?
This is what we think is going to happen because we have so many data points. We know that huge changes in urban fabric are happening. Massive transformations in our cities are happening every day and there is no question that our cities will continue to change. Cities are also becoming more highly automated.
So, we really think that the residential component of cities is going to change and will become increasingly rich, less powered by human activity. That also means that the income and wealth of the working-age population is going to decline dramatically.
Do we think our food will change?
Your food will be produced through a system that looks more like farming with a big aquifer. You’ll have channels that carry the water into this huge aquifer and then transport the water to localities for use.
Will our homes change?
We are in the process of transitioning to a cleaner, more energy efficient home, making it less effective and less expensive to heat and cool.
Will we get reprogrammed like machines do now?
In the future people will be able to download new software. For example, today when I go out the door to buy bread, that software is there. If I say I want to buy a new view from the windows then there is a different software I’m about to have installed.
I do not think this will happen. Quite the opposite; I think we will evolve to use bio-tech’s as instead of organs, muscles, or cells. The job of an artificial intelligence is to combine the principles of the molecular level with information processing by computers.
What are the challenges ahead?
We have only begun to scratch the surface, and there are hundreds of unsolved problems related to molecular computing, generation and maintenance of bio-systems.
Will human bodies change?
The body will be able to adapt to having the Internet around it. The brain will be like a computer.
Who is the main driver of the Internet?
It’s the public. In the past countries bought computers and people used them to do work, but as we have a computer in everything today people use computers for a lot of non-work purposes.
In 20 years what has been the biggest invention?
It’s been the information technology.
Thank you for this chat.