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What I see from here


A couple of days ago I watched a TED talk by a philosopher who was speculating about the future. Where this technological revolution is taking us and what are the further reaching implications of the technological advancements we are making in the field of artificial intelligence.
What I see from here
He was describing a potential scenario in which we see a future where at some point the intelligence we created will outgrow and outsmart us. A 'Matrix' like possibility that doesn't seem so far fetched anymore. I have to admit it feels a bit scary, maybe I am too heavily influenced by sci-fi flicks such as the above said 'Matrix', but the thought of something created by the current version of human mind which although well intentioned and skillful, is one which is not even able to keep it's own race from killing off it's own, for reasons which have gone way beyond just 'survival of the fittest'. We are a species who despite our ability to predict and calculate are destroying our own home, so how could it prevent an artificial intelligences that has surpassed our intelligence, from destroying it's maker when it figures out how contradictory and very impractical we are?
I am predicting that I will probably live out this lifetime without experiencing any too drastic changes, but I have an offspring so it does concern me. And although frustrating sometimes I know that at this point there is nothing else I can do except what I am already trying to do. No march, demonstration or petition is going to stop the train of us humans trying to see how far our skill and curiosity can drive us. I think at this point, the awakening of the mind and heart is the only contender that could possibly change the course of things. Maybe that could happen, I mean There are more and more people who choose to invest in their minds and hearts, so maybe...I admit it doesn't look very hopeful from where we are standing, but maybe...

All I know is that I cannot give up, mustn't give up, because at the same time that the nightmare scenarios I am hearing about feel real, what I see from here is even more so. And who knows, maybe I teach a class to someone who gets inspired and chooses to invest in yoga, becomes a teacher and in turn inspires the husband of the engineer that comes up with the idea to introduce a compassion protocol in the particular brand of AI who creates a population of AI's designed for, besides practical applications, taking loving care of and treat all living things with compassion. Who knows. All I know is that although it doesn't always feel or look like it. We do have a say in what is to come and what I see from here is so beautiful, it's enough to keep me moving towards a future where perhaps intelligence and heart can work together in mindful, peaceful cooperation.

 

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