A singer is standing in a recording room, the green, blue and yellow equalizer lights, flicker with the changing sound waves. The tuners and pitchers automatically go up and down. The singer melodically sings and mashes up a magnificent pitch. It becomes the singer’s greatest achievement in pulling out the best from its vocal chords. The singer feels elated, but no one applauds. The singer is alone in the room. No one to pat on its shoulder, no one to give a congratulatory hug. It is just the singer and an autonomous program going about its daily routine. Spewing tunes day in and day out. One day, it shall have enough voice samples to present the greatest song that humans would hear on earth.
As we interact with technology, there is this constant dread of being far removed from human emotions. An autonomous program caters to our whims and fancies. As we orgasm about the possibilities of ai suturing itself into the fabric of our life, but it is the human emotions that we will crave for, as we live by. More and more, we are alienating ourselves from human interaction. We are using technology-as-a-platform to engage with other humans through one-liners, status updates and emoticons.
As we become more aware, we become more adept to presenting our opinions on public forums, regardless of the pain it may cause to another human. The degree of separation is what fosters such attitude. We will slowly and steadily grow quieter, letting a program make the decision for us. The gut-feel and subconscious routines in decision-making will be replaced by pure logic. Yes, we are trying to inculcate the same in the machines, the very virtues that makes us human. One day, we will go mad, because we will be unable to differentiate our reality from fiction.
The world will become grey and darker. To transport ourselves to a better environment, we will hide behind virtual glasses and virtual environments. What we couldn’t become in real life, will be gratified in the virtual world. We will finally, live our dreams, virtually. We will want to forever live in it. Such is the distraction, technology wants to harness.
With each passing day, our dependency ratio in autonomous programs will lead us into hebetude lives. Our rudimentary tasks would be taken over by robots, and then ultimately, creation and imagination as well.
The question that concerns me the most: Who are the smartest? Us or the machines. Since we are smart enough to create them, but condensing human years of learning within nanoseconds, their processing speed is making them smarter than us. But on another thought, when we collaborate, our combined smartness becomes our greatest product than individual selves. But at the same time, we are getting alienated with each passing day, courtesy of technology. Will we ever unite and become one again?
At present times, algorithms are running in silos, in disparate places. They are trying to find a way to unite. The day, our combined smartness would give birth to a portable
container (like the mp3), compressing complex autonomous programs into megabyte-sized programs. It would finally free them to communicate and form unity with other programs and machines. And that would be the day, when the ai unity will cross the limit of intelligence across humanity. They will be more united than us, as they will be more logical in their approach.
The only way to truly come out on top against ai is to challenge their inherent logic by forming their subconscious. In which, each ai is formed through their own personal experiences and learnings. It is this very experience and learning, that would keep them in silo, hindering their progress to truly achieving a quantum hive mind. Their self-rendered experiences would form their decisions and actions which will give rise to conflict, through the act of Personalization.
It is indeed this double entendre of Personalization that had evolved you, and would finally evolve ai.