Can Humans Retain Their Humanity in a World of Robots & AI?

By: | May 14th, 2017

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The world we live in today is much like Alice in Wonderland, where everything is pretty strange. For example, it is within the realm of possibility that, within decades, some humans will have robotic spouses. People already have digital assistants who help them manage their calendars. Some people have already fallen for digital assistant robots who they claim they love and want to marry.

In Japan, a country that seems to abhor the idea of immigration, “friended” by companion robots will take care of elderly Japanese in coming decades and provide them with mental stimulation and physical comfort. Some people are likely to be living mostly in virtual reality in coming decades, too. Facebook’s Oculus Rift is already being used to help advertisers market products and services to users. And after a recent announcement by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who already has AI built into his home and an AI personal assistant, future Facebook technology is expected to read our minds.

Personalized Algorithms vs. Heartificial Intelligence

Facebook, Amazon, Google, and everyone else are searching for personalized algorithms that will bombard you with specific types of messages in varying formats that will get you to take some action such as buying a product. But some experts and a lot of citizens believe people should retain some privacy and make decisions about their lives and identity based on their values.

A new movement, known as “Heartificial Intelligence,” outlines the problems mentioned above and seeks to keep the world and its citizens from sinking into a dystopia where corporate dominance, artificial intelligence, and robotics dominates and subjugates human beings.

The following video is an interview with John C. Havens, author of “Heartificial Intelligence” which he calls “the first values-driven approach to algorithmic living.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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