Imagine a world in the not too distant future where you never (okay rarely) make stupid mistakes and procrastination and failure to commit to the right decision is a thing of past. “So, tell me of the time when people took a long time to commit to any decision, stumbled through life procrastinating and wasting the majority of their 86,400 seconds a day, the 2.5 Billion seconds in the average 80 year life.”
(Originally posted May 15, 2017)
A world in which ‘choice anxiety’ is a thing of the past. The right product, service or other decision is made in a micro-millisecond, while you sleep, ahead of time, without you even knowing. Your personal bot, and network of 8 Billion other global bots ensure that good businesses grow and the not so good, either shape up or close (based on turbo-charged versions of hidden word-of-mouth metrics). Your bot is ever finding and booking great places, arts, sport, travel and other exciting new experiences. The experience and broader economy has never been stronger.
Advertising and old marketing is long redundant. New more sustainable entertainment models have been created, with ever improving content, something for everyone, on demand, any time and anywhere.
Given your increased intellect from cyborg attachments you are healthier (e.g. a ‘Fitbit’ replacement has evolved to hidden below the skin, monitoring vital heath statistics and optimising and rewarding your fitness) and happier (e.g. mood drops are met with the necessary positive social and cognitive intervention).
Holidays are scheduled automatically, based on your psychological and other needs, and those of your family and friends, as well as your bank balance and available funds. Your bot will also ensure that your employer or investments are performing optimally, and swap either with your approval or automatically (whichever you set as the default).
Now back in 2017, discussion of Artificial Intelligence has two basic options — the high road or the low road. We are at the point in discussion about AI, that it is just as easy to go down the positive route, as the evil route. It is critical we make the right choice. To make it better for real people. Rather than following our typical lemming ways.
There is a great deal of evidence that the genius of the future will not come from AI and computers in isolation taking over the WORLD. But, humans and technology working together to make better decisions, choices and actions. Welcome the rise of the Cyborg – technology assisted humans.
My fear is the ‘bastards’ — self-interested leaders from government and corporate who are able to fund, influence and guide a positive or negative AI future. Ethical considerations such as jobs creation and positive products and services may be viewed as a lower priority to appeasing shareholders.
The time to make the right choice on Artificial Intelligence is NOW. The high road vs. the low road. If our corporate and government leaders opt for the low road they are likely to face the biggest rebellion the world as ever seen. As the corrupted robots and ridiculed consumers turn on those leaders and ignorant technologists who f__ked up an amazing opportunity.