Friday, January 6, 2017

Artificial Intelligence

Intelligence has been defined in many different ways including as one's capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, planning, creativity and problem solving. It can be more generally described as the ability to perceive information, and to retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviors within an environment or context.
Artificiality (also called factitiousness, or the state of being artificial or man-made) is the state of being the product of intentional human manufacture, rather than occurring naturally through processes not involving or requiring human activity. Artificiality often carries with it the implication of being false, counterfeit, or deceptive.
Since we flaunt that we are the tops of the food chain in the smarts but do we really show it?
We have been innovative through the years making fire, electricity, aqueducts, air conditioning, vacuum cleaners, rockets and action figures. We have manufactured the means for moving us from place to place quickly. We have produced more food than we can eat. We have created marvelous methods for killing each other. We even invented religion.
Today we have appliances that tell us when to wake up. They tell us where we are and how to get to where we are going. They predict the weather and remind us of a doctor appointment. They will turn on our lights, check our HVAC settings, monitor our heartbeat and take pictures of our kids we can send to everyone in the world.
Someday soon we might have cars that will drive themselves.
So what do we, as a species, do in the meantime?
What are we coming up with now to improve our future?
Virtual reality goggles or latest phone apps to keep us busy updating our information over and over again?
Will we become so independent on artificial intelligence to find the word or seek the back-story or to flood us with information? Can we tell the fact from the fiction anymore?
Have we lost direction?
Maybe it doesn’t matter?

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