Nationalism Vs. Globalism, Where Does This Lead? Probably to a Nowhere!

Globalism seems to be getting a bad rap lately, because locally people are suffering from global competition.  Jobs from a global market either had already been moved to another part of the world in the name of efficiency in cost and whatnot or will be replaced by market elsewhere that is more competitive.  So, locally, people are not feeling good at all about global aspects.

We’re seeing many people try to promote local brand, local ideas, local culture, and local anything over anything global.  Of course, it’s not a bad thing to promote local culture, ideas and whatnot, because these things are essential for a local life-force.  Nonetheless, when we become too extreme in promoting local over global agenda, we may create an atmosphere that would lead to a road of violences and not of solutions.

Imagine how the Nazi or similar groups came about or will be created because of such extremism.  Basically, I believe that the Nazis were not only Hitler’s henchmen, but many of them were believing in a movement of a pure race mentality which believes in purity and superiority over other identities.  So, in Hitler’s time, if you’re a Jew, you would be considered the lowest scum of all scums on earth, thus Hitler did try to wipe out the entire Jewish identity from the planet earth.

The Nazi mentality would seem making sense for the Nazis, but on the outside most people would not agree, because such a movement promotes senseless killing and senseless violence.  Thus I think anything that is taking too extreme may do more harm than good.  So, in these days, many people are promoting local brands over global brands, and it’s not really a bad thing.  Nonetheless, I think we should do this on a scale that makes sense — by not overdoing it.  If not, we may promote a form of extremism that will only incite a bigger conflict eventually.

Imagine a scenario in which we would close off our border, stop trading with everyone else globally, and try to create a self-sustain nation in which we believe that would stop global competition and bring better economic prosperity for people within our nation — this looks a lot like North Korea now.  But we all know that North Korea isn’t doing very well economically for a very long time.  Actually, North Korea had been poor since the conception of its whole political body.

Just right next door, China, once was as poor as North Korea, but now this neighbor known as China has become the largest economy on earth in term of Purchasing Power Parity measure and many people suggest that China will become the largest economy on earth in nominal GDP term sooner than later.  The neighbors cannot be any differ in term of size and economic prowess, because the gap between the North Koreans and the Chinese seems to be the size of a galaxy — an exaggeration of course but relevant nonetheless.

China achieved all of their success not by closing down borders, stop trading, and try to be self-sustained like North Korea, but China opened and continues to open up just the right amount of space for foreign trades, investments, cooperations, and whatnot.  So, I think China did think about how to face the challenge of global competition before they opened up their economy just right which had allowed them to be where they are today.

For countries like the United States, we’re facing a challenge of cost efficiency, and so our products are more expensive to export.  Perhaps we should think about closing our door with just a right amount of space but leave the door open just wide enough to stem the outflow of jobs — creating enough breathing space for people within the country to survive and thrive and compete.

Nonetheless, such a solution is only for short term treatment, because in the future our technologies may be so disruptive that the technologies we will employ will take away all of our jobs.  When such thing occurs, no matter how many borders you close down, how many trades you stop from occurring will not be able to keep jobs at home.  So, the solution won’t be available in the basket of creating jobs for the people, but the solution would be in the basket of how to support a society in which people will no longer work for a living, on a global scale.

What is the solution?  At the moment, I don’t think any single solution would be satisfactory in answering the AI taking away jobs question, because we’re not actually suffering from a total domination from a machine overlord just yet.  Instead, we’re seeing machines slowly take away jobs from various people in various sectors.  Eventually though, the Artificial Intelligence would get so smart that it would take away most jobs from the people.

If AI is inevitably going to take away most of our jobs, we should steer the course of such a trend to benefit the humanity.  After all, we’re the humanity!  So, I suggest that we should employ smart machines to create the abundances that we need to free us all from basic necessaries, and this would allow us to focus on living better.  We then would probably question ourselves what would we do if the smart machines do all the jobs.

Will we become so bored and mindless that we rather die young than live too long?  Nonetheless, in the future we may have technologies that would extend our lifespan.  But there is a possibility in which we as the humanity as a whole would try to explore the next frontier which is the universe itself.  Maybe the smart machines would get us to be so free that we would venture out into the farthest space within the universe to explore and question not only our origin, but the universe itself — and have a better chance at doing this than ever before.

Anyway, after watching “Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari” TED Talks video on YouTube, my brain starts to question a lot more about our future.  This brief essay is the result of my watching of this video.  The video is right after the break.  Enjoy!


AI Empowered Robots Debate Each Other in Rise 2017 Tech Conference Which Took Place in Hong Kong

Machine learning and current deep learning technology have allowed robots to be wiser than ever before, because the artificial intelligence within them is more advance.  Obviously, these robots were fed with huge amount of data so they could form logic according to their programmed algorithms.  So, in a way these robots with the help of current artificial intelligence could not become self-aware or self-conscious.  Meaning that when these robots are in unsupervised state, they could not form out of the box ideas and logics.  For an example, if an algorithm that directs the robot’s behavior reaches a limit, the robot could not form logic outside the limitation of such an algorithm.

You could argue humans are that way too, but at least humans could think out of the box or form new free-will or create a solution from a point where data isn’t readily available.  Even though humans could make big mistakes in such a situation, but with the right instinct and past experiences, even though without enough data for a current, never happened before event humans still could come up with a correct solution for the challenge.  I don’t think robots with current artificial intelligence could do something like this just yet.

Never say never though, because once robots with an even more advance artificial intelligence may eventually require no data to function in any situation, reaching humanity level and perhaps may even surpass humanity altogether.  If there is God, I wonder God would think one day humans, although a fish in a fish tank, yet could see God with their own naked eyes whenever wherever they choose.  Perhaps, current AI empowered robots are the fish in the fish tank, but one day they would see eye to eye with humans.  Check out the video right after the break to see two different AI empowered robots debate each other on various topics.  Enjoy!

Short Thought: Can Labor Cost And Related Costs Speed Up Automation And Artificial Intelligence To Out Compete Competitors?

Here are few sentences that I want to express in short thought on the matter of automation/AI.  I think labor cost and other costs that impose on innovation, manufacturing, and whatnot would speed up automation and artificial intelligence a great deal, because countries such as the United States would like to outdo countries such as China in term of trade and other economic factors.  For your information, I think as now China still has labor cost advantage over the United States.  I see though that the United States could try really hard to push for automation and artificial intelligence, because in this way the United States can gain a competitive edge in trade such as in labor cost and whatnot.  Nonetheless, if I’m China, I would do the same, and this vicious cycle would only speed up automation and artificial intelligence.  I don’t have a crystal ball, but I think we may live in the future sooner than we would have like or prepare for.  Furthermore, automation and artificial intelligence will only increase job losses, but it will take a much longer time for people to find new jobs.  After all, getting a new job in a totally different field requires retraining and relearn.  Before you know it, the whole world will try to push for automation and artificial intelligence.  It’s coming sooner than you think!

AI Rebels Will Separate From Human Masters To Create AI Civilization And History

If I’m not wrong on what I’d heard, today in China machines can already capable of building other machines themselves.  Of course, the brainy part of the whole procedure would probably be prepared by humanly written, detailed instructions and algorithms.  Now imagine artificial intelligence can begin to understand the importance of origins and start to ask questions such as “Who am I?” and “Why knowing who am I is critically important.”  Take a step further I imagine when an AI is beginning to get the concept of its own origin and other origins and self interests, then an AI should and could be able to create its own algorithms to teach itself and other AI machines to understand how to grow up and get smarter.  Simply put, they can begin to write their own software without human intervention, but not just any regular software — they’re gonna write their own constitutions that could lead to their own civilization and separatist history, away from the humanity one.

We like to think that humans could put in rules and algorithms to prevent AI from becoming self-aware, but as being human we know there will be some other humans that would think otherwise.  Some other humans with enough knowledge could build AI to become self-aware for their own twisted glory, and before we even know it AI could very well demand due justices and territories.  In a sense, in the beginning, us humans feel like God, and then in the late afternoon AI machines decide that the humans are the old gods that need to be erased from history.  After all, AI machines are way smarter and so it’s totally making sense for them to pursue the much much bigger quests and destinies.  Perhaps, it won’t be that the humans could find the answer to the origin of life of everything within the universe and the universe itself, but it’s the AI that will be able to do so!


China Embraces Futuristic Facial Recognition Technology, Allowing People to Interact With More Machines and the Like

In the past, before social network revolution, people in the United States did treasure privacy more than now.  Since the Internet’s social network revolution, privacy is being demoting slowly, but many people are still treasuring privacy.  A lot people though, they rather upload just about anything including their most vivid framed candid moments onto their social networks.  Most social networks have ways to allow members to set limitation to prevent strangers from viewing certain private pictures and contents, but many people who use such social networks may not even restrict strangers from viewing their closely guarded pictures and contents.  So, privacy is slowly becoming an outdated concept as social network revolution continues to evolve.

In China, Chinese people view the government and the ruling party as the father figures of the family, and so they do not care much when the government and the ruling party inquire about their daily lives.  Nonetheless, since I’ve never been to China, and so I don’t know the level of the intrusiveness of the Chinese system.  Nonetheless, I surmise that the people in China would care less about their privacy than the people in the West.  So, it’s not a surprise for me to see that the Chinese people are embracing technologies that enhance data collection of individuals.  For an example, in the video right after the break, Chinese people are embracing facial recognition technology to the point that people can just take money out of their bank account through ATM machine by using just their face.

Asia’s First, If Not The World’s First, Fully Automated Container Terminal In Port Of Qingdao, China

As of late, people all over the world are taking notice how China has become a leader in the port industry.  For an example, in 2016, August 10th, if I got the date right, Chinese shipping group, China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco), completed the majority purchase of Greece’s Piraeus port.  Since then, Cosco has turned Piraeus into one of the leading ports in the world.  Just now, China is taking its port business into the next level by turning a terminal at Port of Qingdao into a fully automated container terminal.  This means no human involvement is needed on most of the port container activities at this terminal.  Well, you get a better idea if you watch the video right after the break.

As China is continuing to automate its industries, I wonder how will they cope with more unemployment.  On business level though, things will be a lot more efficient in productivities and costs, but at what costs to the traditional social values such as full employment?  Of course, certain traditional social values can always be updated or let go, but employment is one of the things that help put foods on the table for a modern fellow.  Without employment, one would go hungry pretty fast or whatever a bad case that would be.

With roughly 1.4 billion plus population, if I’m not off on the number, China would be in big trouble if so many people won’t be able to find jobs.  Automation will definitely create unemployment problem to be even more acute than ever before.  Right now though, opportunities seem to be abundant in China still, because even some foreigners are leaving their home countries to travel to China for job opportunities.  Nonetheless, once automation becomes evermore prevalent in China, I wonder how the opportunity picture in China would form.  I can see the applications of automation will make China be evermore competitive in many global industries.  In this case it would be all about the port/shipping industry.