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?

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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.

Machines Versus Wo/Men In Creating Music

Artificial intelligence algorithms are now beginning to dabble with making music.  Well, these software are not only producing beats but they’re composing lyrics and whatnot as if the humans are doing these things themselves.  This is scary, because musicians may have to compete not only against other humans but also against machines to produce awesome music.  Nonetheless, I think the humans will have an edge over machines in this artistic realm, because humans tend to do better in term of creating something that is soulful.  For an example, I doubt an artificial machine can write a song that is beautifully written to touch a human soul, because artificial intelligence may not have any experience in a real world in which a moving situation would occur.  With that being said, I could be wrong, because artificial intelligence after all is being created in human images, thus if the algorithms are smart enough they can just produce something that as beautiful as we have created.   Anyhow, check out few songs that are already written and produced by artificial intelligence right after the break.  Enjoy!

Afterthought:  If one day a machine can create something truly random — which is kind of unreasonable since algorithm may have to stick to the rules — perhaps then a machine can actually randomly create something that is way more creative than how the humans could have done.  Come to think of randomness, I wonder, can humans’ imaginations actually be random?  After all, we humans exist in a physical world in which physics rules and laws are governing our every actions.  Perhaps, we like to think we could be more creative than artificial intelligence since we can make something radically random which may be very creative, but gravity can humble us since our imaginations cannot really exist outside of rules and laws that permit a brain to exist in the first place.  I think random could be an illusion, because whatever possible is already existed before humankind, and only by through the illusion of the brain that we think we create something.  In truth, I think we only discover the things that are already permissible.

Can AI Replace Lawyers?

I’m just thinking out loud here in regarding to lawyers and laws in general.  As I’m watching Suits TV show, I can’t help but wonder will lawyers one day become obsoleted as AI (artificial intelligence) becomes smarter as we speak?  Current crude AI can already beat the best chess masters, go masters, and whatnot, and so it’s just logical for me to think that one day AI may as well replace lawyers, paralegals, and so on.  Basically, if AI can make connections between a legal matter, the AI won’t have a problem of calling up its computer power to recall facts in milliseconds.  The killer is how ethical, judgmental, and smart enough an AI can be in making the right judgment when defending or prosecuting a case.  I’m no lawyer and I have no real knowledge in this field at all, and so my thinking could be very naive in this regard.  Anyhow, it’s just my thinking out loud as I get curious since the Suits TV show is quite good.

Afterthought:  Should AI be absolutely unbiased in legal matters?  Perhaps, AI could be sympathetic, but would this be a disaster for ethical reasons in regarding to legal matters?  Perhaps, could AI be program to be sympathetic to a client only in regarding to legal matters?  Could an AI machine be the subject of blame when it could not perform better than the opposite side’s AI in regarding to legal matters?  After all, AI could be programmed to be smarter or even smarter than current smartest AI, and so I guess it would come down to which side is the luckiest as such a side is being defended by the smartest AI in the room.  Then again, would we consider the same idea when it comes down to human lawyers?  The smartest human lawyer in the room could bend truth and set a criminal free from a prosecution, right?

Or perhaps, the AI is so smart and quick, it could be the judge, the jury, the lawyers, the paralegals, and whatnot in one shot.

Super Sexy Killer Chinese Robot Is Making Waves

Check out a Chinese robot which looks like a real, sexy, beautiful woman.  This sexy robot can also reply to you as if she is a human, and her lips sync with her voice.  I think she got certain machine learning algorithms going for her, but if she goes deep learning then we may see she gets serious.  The cool thing about smart robots is that they can tap into external robotic neural pools/networks and get smart instantly through wireless communication technology, but we humans have to research and learn — and this take time.  If I’m correct, deep learning relies on machine learning to take advantage of powerful machine networks to calculate and self-learn.  If I’m wrong then both of these technologies are totally different from each other.

Perhaps, our pretty robots of today may not have the capability of tapping into such deep learning networks just yet, but the future is certainly bright for such robots.  If deep learning gets so smart to the point of overpowering human intelligence, then we better recognize our new robotic masters!

She is pretty, but can she be dangerous?  Not yet… unless someone updates her in the future and makes her dangerous.  She will be a killer!  Her kung fu on intelligence will step on you like a cockroach.  Check her out in the video right after the break, and don’t die for her beauty.  She’s a killer!