AI is Only Going to Get Smarter

How people are already “cyborgs” feeding AI.

Michel Kana, Ph.D

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AI as Augmentative Intelligence utilizing machine learning, algorithms, and rich data to augment the capabilities of humans and businesses could be soon an illusion.

Photo by aytuguluturk on Pixabay

The accelerating rate of technological change makes it likely that people will have both the technological resources and scientific knowledge to create Artificial General Intelligence.

“Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization. Or the worst. We just don’t know. So, we cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it.” — according to Stephen Hawking in 2017.

Today, Artificial Intelligence can sort out massive amounts of data and find connections hidden to us. AI can break through the noise, through millions of messages a day. It is all wrapped around data and the ability to capture data about almost anything.

Most of that data is produced by people.

How often have you lived your life by recording it, digitizing it, and eventually sharing it?

When we experience something exciting, our first reaction is to take a picture or a video and share it on social media. It feels strange how memory-less we can become, through capturing moments of our day in videos, photos, or audios. Our thoughts are digitalized into words, emoticons, or drawings which we handle down to our apps, phones, wearable devices, cars, and computers.

“People are in effect already “cyborgs” because they have a tertiary “digital layer” thanks to phones, computers, and apps” — according to Elon Musk in 2021.

We trust digital storage with our memories, which we rarely access later on. I once asked my friends if they sometimes went back to watch those pictures and tried to revive the moments connected to them. We took a moment to think and recognized that we rarely browsed past photos.

There is no time to look at the past, we are often too busy with recording the present.

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Michel Kana, Ph.D

Husband & Dad. Mental health advocate. Top Medium Writer. 20 years in IT. AI Expert @Harvard. Empowering human-centered organizations with high-tech.