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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
On the day of Chinese New Year’s Lantern Festival in Guangzhou, China (2017), people got to witness 1,000 drones lit up Guangzhou’s night sky with various beautiful colors. The drones were synched up in different patterns that got purposeful meaning to the Chinese people. According to Chinese news services, the 1,000 drones performance just set a Guinness World Record since thus far it’s a biggest number of drones in the sky at once. What is amazing is that none of these drones was crashing into each other, and so the automation of fly patterns for drones is definitely ready for prime time. Don’t you think the future will be involving with more of drones that behave as if fireworks have gone off in the dark but beautiful night sky? Perhaps, the prediction of automation will come true in regarding to putting firework business out of business? In summary, these swarm formations of drone performance might be more fashionable and future proof than firework… but by witnessing how drones got to be so automated is making us worry for our future. We may worry how futuristic AI’s automation will put hundreds if not thousands of outdated, typical human jobs and businesses out of service. If I’m not wrong, I think Chinese Lantern Festival is usually celebrated on the last day of Chinese New Year. This year is all about the roosters, and so eat more chicken! Check out the drone synch performance of 1,000 drones in Chinese New Year night sky in the video right after the break. Enjoy!