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!

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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!

 

Can basic income and good karma/credit system provide a way to cope with AI’s automation?

In 2017, a lot people and various parts of different countries are talking and experimenting with basic income.  Automation — comes naturally and intelligently through artificial intelligence — is the new thing that has gotten people worried.  Some people argue that AI’s automation will replace human beings with robots/programs in all sorts of jobs.  Dumb automation probably has already replaced humans in many cumbersome, repetitive jobs/functions.  Intelligent machines/programs through AI can probably replace many white collar jobs already.  When too many people are out of work, this could become a huge bother for many powerful people who carry important positions in our society.  Displaced people would want to be able to survive and strive in a society in which they’re no longer productive, but this could mean standing up against the factory owners, corporations, and even the governments.  If not careful, a world of full automation could mean a bloody revolution.  Thus, basic income becomes an urgent question for many leaders in any country in our time.

Nonetheless, in the West, we have a thing that was being taught since the fall of Soviet Union is that communism has failed utterly.  We look at China as if Chinese communistic society is the new capitalist society.  How can basic income fit into a Western society in which communism has been taught to be disgusted upon?  After all, basic income is about rationing, splitting equal income for everyone in a single society.  Isn’t communism is also about rationing and splitting equal things for a community, a society, and in biggest case a country?  I guess, we could argue a mix of basic income with capitalistic values won’t lead to new communism, but it could morph into an entirely different beast.  I guess we should ask, can a strong supportive basic income be an uplifting element for the despondent citizens?  I guess we should consider the humming capitalistic tunes of the middle class in this situation.  Can basic income give the despondent ones a chance to reach the middle and eventually the upper classes within this beastly creation?

Perhaps, basic income may not be the only solution.  Perhaps, we require many more parts of a larger, more creative solution in order for us to tackle the AI’s automation revolution.  Imagine in a society in which doing good things promotes good karma, and this karma translates into real monetary credits.  Can this route take us to a Nirvana?  Basic income to support a crumpling foundation, and on the top of this reparable foundation we decorate it with good karma.  The double edge sword of a good karma/credit system is that the implementation of punishments, punishing the good people who have bad karma/credits.  Then the question should be asked such as what could be the punishments for the people who have bad karma/credits?  This won’t be a good thing if new harsh punishments are there to wreck havoc in lives of good citizens.  It could literally lead to a society in which looks very much like a Nazi one.  Perhaps, karma/credit system should be used for the implementation of a positive, credit/monetary system only and not much more, and no punishment should come along with this very system.  This way, good folks won’t be affected by stupid punishments.  Just imagine good karma/credit system provides even more basic income on the top of the basic income?

I couldn’t let this go. Imagine a society in which isn’t too different from a fantastical Star Trek’s one, because a replicator alone could conjure any item out of the thin air.  Perhaps, a replicator could replace basic income and money and credits altogether?  If such a society and technology exist, this could mean the end of being desperate in a more intelligent universe.  Perhaps, if this to occur, people won’t have the need for ancient money/credit system, because a replicator alone could conjure up anything.  It’s magical.  Anyhow, the summation of all is that an interesting time is upon us, and AI’s automation may be replacing us humans in all sorts of jobs.  The old system isn’t providing an answer to how to create new jobs in an AI universe.  A jobless society would be very different in nature, because people need money to survive.  Without providing jobs to a hungry population, a society could face an upheaval of all sorts.  Can basic income and good karma/credit system provide a way to cope with AI’s automation?

Automation Will Speed Up For Greater Efficiency, People Will Lose Even More Jobs

In the past, the rise of industrialization produced new jobs and discarded the old ones.  With industrialization came new technologies and so forth, thus new civilizations evolved and destroyed the old ones.  People became more urbanized eventually, and the old ways were mostly discarded.  Factories sprang into the existence and assembly lines produced things en masse.  Jobs were abundant for the industrialization was young and healthy.  Industrialization was one of the main catalysts in which out-of-date jobs disappeared en masse.

We don’t really have to know the details of how industrialization of the past could build a civilization of today, because what we’re seeing are real.  Furthermore, China has reinforced the notion of industrialization miracle by using this phenomenon so effectively in which industrialization plus urbanization has brought at least 600 million Chinese people out of poverty.  China is now harboring the largest middle class that the world has ever known.

For India, she is looking at China with bewilderment, because she too has a huge population which will surpass China’s 1.3 billion head count, and yet her industrialization isn’t yet fully developed.  The problem is that something is lurking in time in which even industrialization will soon become the thing of the past.  By then even industrialization will not be able to help India to catch up with China.

What is lurking in time which will eclipse industrialization?  In my opinion, it’s automation.  It’s so simple to see why automation will turn industrialization into nothing more but a tale of history.  As of now, we know industrialization as the catalyst for the rise of modern humans, because it has produced untold amount of jobs and products and in turn pushing human population into new height.  Very soon though, automation will put so many people out of menial and even creative jobs, because so many things will be able to be automated with great efficiency.

Efficiency is the key to a future, because automation will be so efficient in which even more products will be able to be produced.  Unfortunately, people will not be a part of this new enlightenment, because the production will become automation.  Automation does not need human inputs.  I surmise in the early stage of automation, some human inputs will be needed.  When the efficiency of automation becomes fully transpired, human inputs will merely be needed.

Imagine how this future will unfold.  Let’s be simple and take a look at things that are closer to home.  Automation will put truck drivers, taxi drivers, pilots, construction workers, manufacturing workers, programmers, engineers, and even musicians out of job.  It’s simple to see self-driving car technology will be able to replace jobs that require human drivers.  It’s simple to see self-flying plane technology will be able to replace jobs that require pilots.  It’s simple to see the construction process of any building in the future will become evermore automated such as 3D printing machine technology for construction process, thus less construction workers will be needed.  It’s simple to see manufacturing workers will be replaced by machines, because machines don’t demand wages.  Artificial intelligence will be able to replace programmers, engineers, and musician, because the smarter artificial intelligence gets the less human inputs are needed in these jobs.

I bet China and elsewhere in the world are looking toward this automation trend, because these places are already being industrialized.  The next logical step for them is to go automation for even more efficient future.  Unfortunate for India, if she isn’t industrialized fast enough, she may have to face a future in which the world is going full speed ahead for automation.  In the automation world, companies don’t need cheap labor jobs, but these companies can purchase cheap machines to build products.  India will find herself to be vulnerable in such a future for sure.  Besides India, I think anywhere in the world will see automation as a challenge, because automation means less jobs for everybody.

You can argue automation will also create new jobs, but we have to remember that the number of jobs that automation needs won’t be able to replace untold amount of jobs the world needs.  For an example, a manufacturer plant’s automation may require one or two skill engineers to reprogram the automation process, but thousands of employees will be fired for machines are the only answer for automation.  This whole automation thing reminds me of “The Matrix” very much.  The movie “The Matrix” first came out for entertainment, but we may never know it might just be so prophetic in the future.

In summary, automation will give India and China so much pain, because the population sizes of these two countries are so huge.  Huge population means more jobs are needed, but automation will replace so many jobs that huge population may have to cry for mercy.  China will fare better than India if automation is to speed up, because China has the surplus of money, infrastructure, and so on to help her population cope with automation.  India will not fare very well in the automation world, because she is still trying to industrialize her way out of poverty.  In a world where machines replace humans, I think India won’t be able to fully industrialize.  Check out the video right after the break to find more on why India could be in so much pain when automation comes knocking.

Gigantic Reaction Indeed, At Least From Me. AI To Embarrass Musicians And Make Them Redundant.

You know I have been making music, and so I understand somewhat the process of a do it yourself musician has to go through before a finished track could be produced.  The process of making a good track is going to be a long one for such a musician for sure.  Even a short track requires some heavy attention such as mastering a track and whatnot. The mixing part is not a clean process either, because it’s about making the track sounds great.  So, besides imbuing a feeling into a track to convey a feeling to the listeners, the track must be done right in a technical manner in order for the track to sound great.

Every time I’m about to start mixing a track, I question myself a lot.  Thus, should a track be a happy one or a sad one?  Should a track be an uplifting one or a sleepy one?  Should a track use synthesizers or acoustic/real instruments?  Should a track add a piano piece or just go with guitar or go with both?  Should a track use any percussion or just go with kick/drum?  The list would go on.

Personally, when mixing a song I go with feeling a lot.  Even when picking a note/scale for starting a beat, I use feeling too.  Sometimes though I decide to go with just whatever sounds good.  For an example, if my voice for the track begins with musical note B, out of laziness I just go with beats start with B key.  If everything sounds good, then the plan is just to stick with B key as root key for the beats of the track.  Of course, I could do otherwise if B key isn’t working out. I have to also think about the octave of the scale, because higher octave would give higher pitch thus providing a much different feeling for the track.  Base should use lower octaves I guess.  Major or minor scale is also another important dimension I have to think about when I try to mix a track.

How complex should a track be?  How many layers of music instruments should I combine to give a complex voice to a track?  Should a track be simple when I add human voice (i.e., when I’m singing)?  If a track has to have many layers of musical instruments, then at the mastering process I have to try hard to allow my voice (i.e., my singing voice) to cut through the mix.  It’s bad when layers of musical instruments clash against one another, and it’s worse when my voice couldn’t cut through the mix.  Track with heavy layered musical instruments could drown out or thin up the voice of a singer/performer, and so it’s rather sensitive to mix a track with human voices in the mix.

One more thing, should I mix a great portion of the track in mono first before I switch to stereo?  Sometimes, the trick is to mix a track in mono first to have coherent sounds before switching to stereo to finalize the track.

Anyhow, basically, producing a track isn’t easy for a human.  Yet, artificial intelligence is going to make the situation even more dire for human musicians.  Lately, lot of AI algorithms come to the fore to convince the world that AI can now produce unique music in seconds.  I got a proof of this.  I visited Jukedeck.com and created a brand new synth pop track which produced by AI.  Without any human intervention from me — besides the fact that I actually prescribed the track should be three minutes and fifteen seconds long, a pop genre with melancholic feeling and music instruments should be synthesized — Jukedeck’s AI was able to create a beautiful track “Gigantic Reaction.”  You can listen to this track at https://usharemix.com/index.php?a=track&id=6.  I have to say I’m very impress by the result.  A gigantic reaction from me indeed!  Now if AI can sing just like a human can, then musicians may become something of the past.

Perhaps, in the future, people may prefer to have AI make music then having to listen to real musicians.  Who need musicians right?  You never know right?  I don’t think such a future is far off, because AI algorithms can already churn out endless musical tracks that sound great.