Saturday, April 22, 2017

What Comes Next- And When

The speed of progress is astounding.  Watching television a few days ago I listened to Mark Cuban talk about subjects that I know little about. It was fascinating. He started with cars. Automatic cars. Driverless cars. Cars that think for themselves. All of which ended with a conversation about "artificial intelligence". Frankly, some of the discussion went right over my head. 

He began talking about the growth of computer knowledge and abilities that will result in the power to exponentially grow. Ultimately the amount of knowledge will exceed that of human beings. At that point "artificial intelligence" will control human beings. 

Mr. Cuban stopped there and asked "when this happens in the future, and it will, where will human beings fit in the composition of the universe".  

Several brilliant minds have been working on the answer but no consensus exists - except one. The transition from the dominance of human beings on earth will end will be be replaced by what we now call "artificial intelligence". 

It boggles my mind to think that human beings now have the knowledge and the ability to dictate programs to electronic machines - that can be designed to think for themselves, solve problems and expand knowledge of the universe. They can  digest and organize all known facts - and use that foundation of intelligence to think even further into the future - and act accordingly.

Logical.

Amazing.

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