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douglas macrae smith

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Can AI help in solving the problem it's creating?

Watson, Asimo and their robot pals are creating a society with new problems in terms of labour, income, inequality etc - can't their computing qualities be programmed to help find some novel solutions?


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    Jun 24 2013: I think a good use of AI would be an app that would make people aware of a social problem or criminal activity going on in their neighbourhood. If it appeared that there was some activity building on twitter that indicated a possible protest was building, people could be alerted to where and when it might take place and they could make sure they were not in the neighbourhood.

    If we had such an app when the Boston bombings took place, people in a neighbourhood where the police might be slinging lead around could be alerted and they could get down and hide.

    We already have such apps for traffic so we don't get caught in it. In Panama City Florida. They have a map of all current and past criminal activity posted on a map of the City. A simple Amber alert does little to give us a picture of where such a kidnapping took place. An App that would post it on your Ipad, would be nice. You could see instantly where the abduction took place, where you are in location to the event, etc.

    The program used by the NSA is a similar Application. It can post on a map where are the recent criminals are, those that have been recently released and so on. It can pinpoint the location of people deemed to be a possible threats and help guide the security forces to make sure they have enough resources to deal with a possible attack. For those who are duty bound to protect our national security, I can see how such a program would be useful and help to protect both, the innocent and the agents.

    If some people are labelled as possible threats and we see a gathering building on the map, we can apply security where we need it in a timely manner. It would be an asset.

    If we could put chips on people, we could probably eradicate crime for the most part by knowing where everyone was in real time. It doesn’t have to be embedded in people. It can be worn. People who walk by a device that doesn't detect a chip could also be indicated on a map.
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      Jun 24 2013: All good ideas - but none of this can be forced, we have too many emotional barriers - as usual culture and tradition will probably be the main brake on the our coming techno society - until most people actually want to be tagged or connected 24/7 - becoming cyborgs must be perceived as cool, like owning an iphone or google glass.
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        Jun 25 2013: It sounds good on paper but in real life, operations to accomplish bio-machine integration with the human body are hurtful and dangerous at this time. I've had two hip replacements and the healing process is not always predictable.

        One day we may have to make a choice wither we want to be "in" the society or on the "outside". Those on the outside may have to fend for themselves in a lesser grade technological society. The cold hard facts of life are: there is only so much copper to go around. Looking at 9 billion people carrying two lbs of copper and rare metals per person in techno-products may sound cool but it may not be workable considering the limited energy we have to process resources and the reduction in resources due to expanded use. We may have to consider what is more important. Ipads for billions or dialysis machines for a few hundred thousand.

        What most young people don't take into consideration when they contemplate the future world is will we have the resources to outfit 9 or 11 billion people with modern technology. Industrialist know the answer to this question already. But, they won't tell everyone the truth because people have a tendency to react to bad news quickly, putting strain on the current economy.

        One day, soon, we will have to divide our society into the haves and the have-nots. The haves will walk towards the future and the Have-nots will become more primitive in their culture. What we will see is a growing third world,, not a declining one.

        Always consider this when projecting future developments in technology. Fresh water is also becoming a strong commodity that some are willing to pay more for, leaving others with only rain water.

        Of course..... it's not my problem.... it's a problem for the young of this planet. I'm be moving on in a couple of decades leaving my problems behind.
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          Jun 25 2013: You've obviously given this a lot of thought. I was using the word cyborg in a rather loose sense of 'in symbiotic relationship with' rather than 'physically merged' with the machine - which in fact we already are for us 1st worlders.
          Equality and abundance for all is obviously another issue, that will probably depend on being able to create matter from energy - something which doesn't seem to be on the cards at all right now. Still, we live in exciting times.

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