A look into the future brings lots of questions and intrigue

By Zachary Thomas, What’s the Buzz? –

Zach column headRecently, I viewed a thought-provoking Ted Talk about the prospect of the workplace and our lives as

humans. The video talk on YouTube is called, “The Incredible Inventions of intuitive AI” (Artificial

intelligence) by Maurice Conti.

He brought up thought-provoking questions about the future. What will autonomous driving cars make

society look like? What jobs will be displaced as computers become more advanced? What will society look

like as computers do things better than humans?

Of course, these are hypothetical queries but according to Conti, these questions and their ramifications

will arise in a given time frame of just one generation, or about 20 years.

I asked several of my friends for their reflections on the emergence of AI and how it would impact

society. I received a wide range of answers, but nothing I was expecting. Perhaps it’s because I caught them off

guard, but most of them responded with a generic sentence, “I don’t know.”

It’s interesting how many people don’t think about the future in respect to how technology changes it.

From my perspective, it seemed like most people were oblivious to the fact that technology has slowly

integrated itself into our lives without much awareness on our part.

Looking back 10 years ago, we can recall that smartphones were barely available and not to most of us.

Most people did not have a device capable of texting, calling, and connecting to the Internet.

Today, if people mention that they don’t have one, or if their phone can only call and text, they’re an

outlier. Those phones are jokingly referred to as dinosaurs. The progression of technology in just 10 years is

quite amazing. Looking back 20 years, the contrast is even greater.

I don’t think that people need to worry about automation of workplace jobs or driverless cars. New jobs

will be created in the progress of technology and new innovations will be developed for people. Driverless cars

will allow safer roads and the advent of networking will allow cars to communicate with each other.

As computers and robotics progress, people have more opportunities to be creative. This gives rise to

revolutionize the way economies work. Really, things can go only one of two ways with automation. Either one

person holds most of the power while everyone else lives in poverty, or the common economical approach is

that everyone gets a share of the pie.

With fewer outdated jobs, people will need to learn higher specialized jobs. Positions like cashiers and

truck drivers are coming to an end, and this isn’t a bad thing. Creative positions where people can realize their

full potential will come into play. More service-type careers will replace manufacturing jobs.

Looking into the future of course is theoretical, but it can also be quite fun. The world of the uncertain

can be marvelous.

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