What if you were able to have your house just do what you want it to do? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably know the drill by now: get the lights on, the A/C running, the dryer on, the dishes washed, the garbage picked, and the trash picked out.
Bill Gates is a very good example to show how the idea of a “universal automation system” can work. This idea is based on the idea that any task a computer can perform can be performed by a robotic assistant. However, the best examples have been built up with actual automation, like the ability to drive a car or even cook. The reality of the situation is that computers are not like cars, and robots are actually pretty dumb.
This is a pretty big problem. The world is full of robots, but computers are still programmed to perform the same tasks as the real thing. With the growth of automation software, we’ve lost control over the way we do things. It is not a good idea to give robots too much autonomy, because they can do stupid things.
I think this is why it is so important to have a good conversation about automation with people with a bit of know-how. We need to have enough information to have a conversation about what is really happening and how to fix it.
I think the biggest problem is that everyone feels like they are so smart and are so far ahead of the competition that they can make up their own rules about how things should be done. I remember recently attending a conference in which a speaker came out and said, “I would argue that humans are the only thing we have that truly makes a robot smart.” The speakers in the room went absolutely still, and that was the whole point.
Bill Gates wrote and directed the movie “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” back in the early ’90s, which probably explains why it still sticks in people’s minds. He was a major force in creating a lot of technology that we take for granted today, and for good reason. He was also one of the people who created artificial intelligence.
I think Bill Gates is dead right. We’re not machines. And it’s not because of how we act or think. All we do is respond and react. We’re an emotional organism. So the only reason we’re so smart is because of our reaction to stimuli. That is why we are the only species that has learned to use language and math to manipulate other organisms.
Bill Gates was dead right about the potential for AI, and how it can be used for good or evil. But Gates was also dead wrong about the potential for AI to be a liability. I believe that AI is the new god-machine and that we as humans have a role in its development. We must be the first to harness the power of AI to help solve problems, even when we ourselves cannot solve the problem.
The first step is admitting we’re not the best. This means admitting that our own shortcomings in the areas of intelligence and empathy are our own fault. This also means that everyone else must be the solution. The next step is to create a culture of innovation. Once we have an AI that can solve problems, it will most likely be better than we are.
The problem now is that the AI we have is not only not the best available, but it has been created to be not only a human, but a human that is the best. The problem we find ourselves in, now that we’re not the best, is that we are no longer the best.