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The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 2 – Wait But Why

  • As mentioned in Part 1, movies have really confused things by presenting unrealistic AI scenarios that make us feel like AI isn’t something to be taken seriously in general. James Barrat compares the situation to our reaction if the Centers for Disease Control issued a serious warning about vampires in our future.5
  • Due to something called cognitive biases, we have a hard time believing something is real until we see proof. I’m sure computer scientists in 1988 were regularly talking about how big a deal the internet was likely to be, but people probably didn’t really think it was going to change their lives until it actually changed their lives. This is partially because computers just couldn’t do stuff like that in 1988, so people would look at their computer and think, “Really? That’s gonna be a life changing thing?” Their imaginations were limited to what their personal experience had taught them about what a computer was, which made it very hard to vividly picture what computers might become. The same thing is happening now with AI. We hear that it’s gonna be a big deal, but because it hasn’t happened yet, and because of our experience with the relatively impotent AI in our current world, we have a hard time really believing this is going to change our lives dramatically. And those biases are what experts are up against as they frantically try to get our attention through the noise of collective daily self-absorption.
  • Even if we did believe it—how many times today have you thought about the fact that you’ll spend most of the rest of eternity not existing? Not many, right? Even though it’s a far more intense fact than anything else you’re doing today? This is because our brains are normally focused on the little things in day-to-day life, no matter how crazy a long-term situation we’re a part of. It’s just how we’re wired.

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Being Creative

We all need to be creative and I think it is linked to our feelings of well being. It has been said that one of the greatest accomplishments is to create life. But there is more from the moment we wake in the morning we start a new day, which is an act of creation in itself. However, we might soon get weighed down by the mundanities of recurrent tasks. Going to work and maybe there seems to be no room for being creative. We perform repetitive tasks that seem a long way away from being creative. So how can we change?

Instead of getting up at the same time get up half an hour earlier and you now have 30 minutes to play with.  Maybe use this time to make a change in your habits, perhaps walk a bit extra to the next bus stop, look around and start noticing things. The world is full of riches if you start looking; if you start paying attention.

“While you are piecing together the map of your life,

stepping as nimbly as you can out of the mulch

of your thoughts, the busy traffic of your heart

while you attempt grace and magic and the blessing of

your soft surrendered kiss, while you are fathoming the stretch

you will need for the wide and rocky jungle of your own happiness,

while you are hunkering down to a piece of the dark break

and the odd, welcome relief of hunger,

don’t forget to write.”

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 “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”


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Blogging can be about anything or everything and can be your public face on the Internet. You can make contact with like minded individuals. Share ideas, share stories, share experiences. You have a voice on the Internet and even if only one person listens you have done a good job.

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