Should Africa Rely On Automation To Leapfrog Cheap Labor Phase?

Africa got 1 billion plus people and yet the whole continent’s economy is only about the size of South Korea. This means the whole African continent is still very poor and needs to be developed a lot so the Africans can have some hope for a better future. Unfortunately, as cheap labor is moving out of China to China’s neighbors such as Vietnam, the whole world is now all the rage on how to rely on the automation of machines so even cheap labor cannot compete. If this is the case, I don’t think the Africans will have a chance of mobilizing their 1 billion plus people to industrialize the African continent.

So, the question is if Africans cannot rely on cheap labor to develop and industrialize the African continent, then what else could the Africans rely on to develop Africa? If Africans tries to rely on the aids of the Western countries, then Africans will never be able to develop their own industries that are necessary to pull the African continent out of poverty for good. Although the Chinese are building the infrastructures inside Africa to better the livelihood of the Africans, without a staple of strong industries the Africans will still face the problem of not being able to industrialize the African continent.

Although I don’t know much about Africa, in my humble opinion, Africans should try to go for automation themselves to leapfrog the cheap labor phase. This means Africans have to develop a very entrepreneurship mentality so they can come up with business models that need automation as a necessary ingredient for their business. Furthermore, instead of only relying on aids from the West and the infrastructures from China, Africans should demand the Chinese to teach them how to develop and incorporate Artificial Intelligence in their businesses. I think the machine learning and higher AI will definitely be able to help the Africans to automate the needs in their entrepreneurship businesses and leapfrog the cheap labor phase.

Foldable Phones Don’t Matter, 5G Does!

What do I think about foldable phones? I think foldable phones don’t matter! Foldable phones remind me of flip phones back in time, but now instead of flipping a phone in style, we can unfold a phone into a tablet. Since foldable phones are so expensive, I guess using the tablet and unfoldable phone I already have will be just fine!

Although foldable phones are not that important, the 5G technology that gets to debut on these foldable phones is really important! Since 5G allows communication over the air almost instantaneously, and so this could allow innovations in the Internet of Things sector to thrive big time.

One company right now is leading the pack in term of 5G is of course none other than the Chinese giant, Huawei. Right now, Huawei is getting a lot of heat from the United States. Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of Huawei, is being under house arrest in Canada in the behest of the United States’ extradition agreement with Canada. Furthermore, the United States is increasingly persuading other countries to not use Huawei’s 5G technology.

5G can be really useful for whatever purposes that demand faster wireless communication. I may not know what purposes would demand 5G the most, but I do know that 5G will be great for commercial purposes such as the Internet of Things devices. Furthermore, 5G will accelerate the use of driverless cars and other automated vehicles.

5G can allow driverless cars to see each other instantaneously and also communicate with smart roads and highways instantaneously. 4G technology is definitely too slow and less reliable than 5G when it comes to deploying the technology on a massive scale to allow crucial transit system to work in a smarter way. So I think 5G will definitely be a game changer in wireless communication.

Anyhow, I guess it’s going to be expensive to build a massive backbone system that could support the 5G wireless system. It seems though, this isn’t the problem for Huawei. Huawei seems to be able to deploy 5G network for various platforms in China already! For an example, a 5G network is now already up and running for Qingdao Port in Eastern China.

China is leading the way to deploy 5G network not only in China but across the world. Huawei is at the forefront of this 5G expansion from China. I’m not sure why the United States is really scared about how China is leading in 5G, but my guess is that whoever leads the 5G network deployment across the world gets to call the shot for making a standard for 5G chipsets and much more. This means big money and market cornering.

Since 5G technology will change how wireless communication permeates throughout the global economy, new and old markets could churn out a lot of new money for the global economy. For an example, driverless cars will become more reliable, encouraging people to spend more money on driverless cars. Dumb cars without the support of 5G technology might get left behind, collecting dust somewhere while driverless cars sell like hotcakes.

What Do You Think? How About Car Sharing In A Similar Manner To How China’s Bike Sharing Is Currently In Operations?

A lot of videos on YouTube complain about how China’s bike sharing had become a problem since the sidewalks are littering with unused bikes.  This gave me an idea, why not replicating China’s bike sharing problem into something good for car drivers!  Imagine cars could be available everywhere so everyone can use their smartphone to unlock, pay, and drive away for a day.  After a person is done with the car, he or she can just park the car in any parking lot nearby.

Of course, car sharing might come with more problems for the car operators/lenders than the car renters because cars are more expensive to maintain.  Also, car operators need to make sure each car needs to be covered by insurance policy.  This could also get rather expensive for the car operators.  Nonetheless, if someone could use some good math skill or an artificial intelligence algorithm to figure out the bottom line, then I guess if the bottom line is good then there shouldn’t be a problem to allow car sharing en masse. 

How I envision A Future War Would Be

Here is how I imagine a scenario of a huge war between two powerful countries or two united opposing forces in the near future.  In my scenario, a near future will be almost unthinkable if essential something isn’t automated and fully capable of self-regulating through Artificial Intelligence.  If two opposing forces are all automated and regulated by AI capabilities — how much collateral damage would there be on human civilians?  Is it just too dumb to allow a human soldier to be fighting against a more capable AI mechanized counterpart?

I imagine that two opposing forces would launch an all-out war with all the weapons they have in their arsenals.  Such weapons could be fully mechanized automated machines to fully automated electronic spy drones and such.  I also imagine that these two opposing forces would prefer not to use human soldiers for the most parts of the war.  Human soldiers would probably be on standby to evacuate the human civilians if there won’t be enough mechanized units that are still available in doing such a job.

As the war intensifies, each force would pray that their technology and AI automated weapons could outdo the other until either the enemy’s units and weapons run low or their own units got annihilated.  Once such an intense process runs through its course, the victor would aim their robotic units onto the enemy’s human civilian and non-civilian forces.  The losing side got almost no option at this point!  Either be a hero to fight to the death or surrender unconditionally.

Of course, I leave out the possibility that a nuclear war could be provoked.  How come?  I imagine that if such a war between two opposing forces could break out — it means nuclear weapons would probably be canceled out of the equation or rendered less capable somehow.  Perhaps, if such a war occurs between such two forces, it means either both sides have already somehow disabled each other nuclear weapons or one of these two forces is suicidal.

In conclusion, human soldiers may not be very useful in the future unless they’re going to be used as human spies to infiltrate the enemy’s human networks.  For the most parts of a futuristic war, fully automated AI mechanized units would be used to subdue the enemy or enemies.  A futuristic war could break out between two most powerful forces means nuclear weapons are no longer in the strategic calculation because these weapons either got disabled somehow or someone is on a suicidal mission.

Could AI Steal Jobs From Soldiers?

Isn’t it natural that soon Artificial Intelligence (AI) would steal jobs from soldiers?  We all know that AI had beaten best Chess and Go players at their games.  We also know that AI also had beaten best video gamers in video games.  This means the responsiveness and the intelligence parts of the AI could be used in war scenarios to outdo the human counterparts.

I won’t be surprised to see the future where many wars would deploy AI for automation of submarines, tanks, jets, missiles, and so much more.  The video right after the break suggests that China is developing fully automated submarines with AI capability to outdo foes’ submarines and surface ships in a war.

 

Will A Future Society Be Ruled By AI?

Will the last president or the last king or the last dictator or the last chairman be an AI?  We know AI can be biased according to the data sets that we provide to the AI for training.  In order for the AI to be less bias, the data sets should be more balance for obvious reasons.  Nonetheless, this is a sort of primitive AI since it could not learn on its own and requires data sets to be fed into its logic programs.  What I’m more interesting in is the AI of the future in which the AI itself will always learn everything on its own from the very first day just like how a real human infant could start learning from the very beginning.

Can a self-learned AI be more just and less bias than the human counterparts?  Probably not, right?  Self-learned AI doesn’t require humans to dictate what data should be fed to the AI’s logic programs, but the self-learned AI probably still requires data from somewhere to allow the self-learning journey to begin.  If the data that the self-learned AI started with were biased, could this AI be very biased?  I think such an AI could be very biased unless this AI also accepts extra data that humans could feed into the AI’s logic programs.

Nonetheless, I think training self-learned AI could be easier as time progresses since all you need to do as to feed as much data as possible to self-learned AI without worrying about the careful categorification of the data.  Although we humans should still make sure the data we feed to the self-learned AI is going to be helpful to the AI in the shortest amount of time.  The self-learned AI should be able to continue on its own to extract experience from its own plus from the extra data that the humans feed to the AI’s logic programs.

Let’s imagine that one day the self-learned AI could be self-conscious.  This self-conscious AI could then pass on the experience and knowledge of its own logic programs to any other replicable AI machine without any problem.  One step beyond this is all self-conscious AI could communicate and share the experiences with each other like a huge universal network yet each AI on its own would experience and self-learn whatever on its own.

How sure are we that self-learned, self-conscious, super smart, super knowledgeable AI could be more just and less-bias than a super intelligent, honorable human being?  Let’s imagine a society of a future in which such an AI would exist, and this AI would run the society as judges, decision-makers, resource-distribution-makers, attorneys, and so forth.  Let’s assume the AI would not make a mistake in regards to being bias and so forth.  Will society be more just?

What if the humans are going to be wrong about the self-conscious AI in which the AI is so smart that it could be biased without the humans know that it’s biased?  Will the AI then be favoring certain individuals over other and allowing a certain group to be princes and elites and the rest be peasants and criminals?  I mean, can a society that would be run by a group of self-conscious AIs do away with the caste system and bias and similar sort of things?  If not, why do we even want a self-conscious AI to make the decision for us?

Of course, we humans can allow self-conscious AI to have the power of an assistant and not of a king, but then who would be able to stop the self-conscious AI to overpower and override the humans?  Assuming that self-conscious AI is smarter and trickier than a human being, it’s possible that us humans won’t be able to outsmart such a machine and would eventually be subjected to AI’s rule.  Thus if we’re going to be wrong we should be prepared to be ruled by the last ruler who is probably going to be a self-conscious AI machine.