The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.    Winifred Holtby
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts    Henry David Thoreau
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.    Jimi Hendrix
Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination    William Longgood
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There can be no hope when there lacks interest for better. There can be no trust when there lacks confirmation of truth. There can be no faith when there lacks complete confidence of purpose.    Adlin Sinclair
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving    Albert Einstein
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless    Jamie Paolinetti
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.    Albert Einstein
Everything in the universe spins to the design of the Fibonacci spiral    Ronald Patrick Marriott
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last    John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more    Anthony Robbins
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.    Albert Einstein
It’s difficult giving unlimited power to limited minds    Nikola Tesla
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.    Oscar Wilde
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity    Werner von Braun
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.    Dr. Seuss
Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art    Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.    Mahatma Gandhi
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.    Karen Ravn
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.    Gordon A. Eadie
There is nothing like a dream to create the future    Victor Hugo
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it    Jesse Jackson
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps    Confucius
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader    John Quincy Adams
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living    Anais Nin
An equation for me has no meaning unless it expresses a thought of God    Srinivasa Ramanujan
Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.    Dalai Lama
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.    Anatole France
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door    Milton Berle
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want    Zig Ziglar
For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions    Lao Tzu

AI - The inevitable future

The intent to control the world, or to make the world Beige?

While the speed of computers has increased phenomenally over recent years, I have to wonder sometimes how it is that some pages on-line, or programmes on my Windows machine, take so long to load!
With the current focus on 'machine learning', you have to wonder what is taking place in the background any time you click??? After all, to accurately learn your responses your machine must observe every single interaction.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), I find quite a joke when I view the predictive text of my windows phone. Rarely does it anticipate or understand the context of words already used in text sentences.
Cortana certainly doesn't have any intuitive sense I can perceive. So why should I trust any AI with my shopping list, or appointments?

When you see SoftBank investing $940 million into driverless vehicles to deliver groceries, which no doubt have been pre-orderd by your smart fridge, can you trust that your weekly shop will satisfy your needs?
Will there be a time when you do not have to think for yourself at all? I can only see a future where the homogonised choices of machine learning have rendered a world so beige that we just won't care anymore.

Can AI anticipate your dining choices, when Philyra, IBM's AI for perfumery, took years to come up with scents that only resembled shampoo replicas. After all, it looked at sales data, and shampoo far outsells perfume and cologne.  Getting this perfumery machine to learn took a lot of training by Symrise’s perfumers (one of the world’s biggest makers of fragrances). Plus, the company is still wrestling with costly IT upgrades that have been necessary to pump data into Philyra from disparate record keeping systems.  Achim Daub, an executive at Symrise, says. “We are nowhere near having AI firmly and completely established in our enterprise system.”

As digital assistants are becoming popular, can it be possible that we are being duped about the capabilities of AI & machine learning. These gimmicks keep us placated to the military intent behind AI research.

Georgia Tech researchers have been awarded $6.25 million from the Department of Defense (DoD) to use collective emergent behavior to achieve task-oriented objectives.
'Collective emergent behavior to achieve task-oriented objectives' is a rather disturbing phrase which relates to using basic algorithms on simple machines to perform complex tasks.
Emergent behavior is when a microscopic change in a parameter creates a macroscopic change to a system. This collective behavior is easy to find in nature, from a swarm of bees to a colony of ants, but also appears in other scientific disciplines.
Do you not think that influencing human collective behaviour would not fall into the same category?

With large research projects like senseable city lab making statements like "The real-time city is real! As layers of networks and digital information blanket urban space, new approaches to the study of the built environment are emerging. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed", and
"Senseable is as fluent with industry partners as it is with metropolitan governments, individual citizens and disadvantaged communities. Through design and science, the Lab develops and deploys tools to learn about cities—so that cities can learn about us." It would seem inevitable that the two fields of research will most certainly cross.

After all, the DoD’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI) Program funds projects that bring researchers together from diverse backgrounds to work on complex problems.
While senseable city lab seems to be focussed on robotic transport, The US Navy is starting to put up real money for robot submarines!

Microsoft are advertising a world controlled by robotics. AI is inevitable. Will it control the world, or render it beige? It is not up to you!

Artificial Intelligence, the intent to control the world?

Posted by: Colin Hunter

Category: Culture

Created: Sat 13 Apr 2019
Updated: Mon 27 May 2019