News services like CNN and BBC are concerned about social media. Facebook helped to elect Trump these news services suggest because Facebook sold private data to communicate with and influence voters. Apparently another company called “Caimbridge Analytica” was involved. This opinion might be considered fake news, only fact if they provide evidence for changed votes. The fact is Hillary had 3 million more votes than Trump who won because of the college voting system. We should always remember that people can be influenced by anyone but must decide for themselves when voting. There are people trying to influence you everywhere, in the City Square or on the Bourke Street Mall (Melbourne Australia), and beggars, all manner of interests trying to get your attention. Are we suggesting people shouldn’t go to public places? I regard Facebook as just that. Globally through technology Facebook is a public place where I can interact with the people I know anywhere in the world. Indeed like all public places social media can be used to influence if you want to listen. People should take responsibility for their decisions and not blame social media. Personally I think there is some value in the likes of Google, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress etc, we have taken communication to the next level. They are now saying on CNN that Facebook privacy was abused. Perhaps but I have always regarded anything on the internet as public and am careful not to put things online that I think I don’t want to share. Things that I don’t want anybody else to see. For me the internet is where I can keep in touch with people, and see fake news and sometimes facts. For example what’s the distance to Mars? How’s your day wifey?
Blockchain and cryptocurrency… It seems AltCoin has had less interest than Bitcoin which may have become more controlled by the powers that be, or maybe not and both remain uncontrolled by government. Either currency might provide a truer exchange of value. It would prevent Trump’s complaints about the Chinese manipulating currency exchange. For these new crypto currencies there would be global value not controlled by governments.
I thought I should post these science links so I don’t lose them again. My memory remains quite bad and sometimes I can’t find them…
Often people in Melbourne challenge my thinking, and again, now on Artificial Intelligence (AI). I was thinking AI is merely the development of Human Intelligence (HI) minus the flaws. AI has access to the sum total of human knowledge recorded digitally and also that information’s precise processing according to human systems, mathematics or medicine come to mind. They are developing AI surgeons to fix humans in our hospitals. I actually thought AI is the mechanical perfection of HI. The world abounds with digital sensors nowadays, AI has access to much of our reality. For example the destruction of planet Earth through global warming. AI can quite accurately predict the time when there will be too much carbon in the atmosphere. AI may even help us repair the damage caused by presenting the facts and possible methods for saving the planet. How to remove carbon from the atoms. There are many opportunities for AI to realise. People I know here all agreed, AI was very good at analysing facts. But everyone thought AI inferior to HI. Indeed there appears to be something more to our unique individual human perception, our emotion. We haven’t yet built a machine that exhibits the HI powers of imagination and creativity. To put it another way a machine that can truly love and hate. I tend to think of AI as a superior intellect for dealing with observable facts in the universe but to develop an algorithm like HI that can choose war over peace is programmatically difficult. Indeed AI is an extension of us, we invented it. I think it is the most dramatic invention since the wheel. AI analyses thought and takes it to the next level, further than Plato and Socrates who invented thought. Perhaps we need a new invention for us to become godlike. Another human thought, God…
And humans are soon going to Mars. I think the only way for us to save our planet from global warming and the like is to evolve and move away from our monetisation of everything we know. Then perhaps we can take our place in the universe as the species from the blue planet in the solar system where they call the bright light the sun. I think we should start emphasising existence and experience for human beings rather than always reducing our abstractions to money. Indeed money was a useful and necessary metaphor for us, a third dimensional creature, and it has helped us to evolve as far as we have but we can now go beyond primitive man to ultimately interact with other life in this universe.
And for fellow coma victims, I think Thai massage helps incredibly as it stimulates the brain for various body sensations although the brain also seems to be remembering my defects from before coma, most notably tinnitus. The ringing in my left ear has returned. I can even remember tinnitus as it bothered me greatly.
Humanity is about to invent another wheel I suspect. The first wheel we invented made us evolve significantly and allowed us to develop civilization, cities, employment, travel, education, etc. I think of the plane as an extension of that wheel, and also the spaceship. I can only guess at what the next wheel might be. The most important invention since the wheel was the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention. Our invention of money is such an abstraction from our understanding of value. I don’t mean economic value, I personally value travel, honesty, love… Money was not a wheel type invention. AI is I think, the most significant invention since the wheel. Did the wheel or language come first?
And I have seen many news stories of late about diminishing employment, how there are fewer jobs today. I suspect humans won’t need to work at all soon enough as AI and robots will be able to take care of all human needs. Robots will be able to grow human food, and cook it according to our favourite recipe. They will also be able to build our houses and the places where we eat our favourite recipe’s. Computers already do so much for us, in former times when I needed a taxi I would speak to a person ordering one over the phone. Now I speak to a computer. Secretarial jobs will become a thing of the past. Computers make for excellent surgeons today too. Indeed we will have to evolve when all this happens, it’s slowly happening now. I think when AI and robots become the standard humans will be able to start focussing on life and experience, the things computers can’t do. First of all we will do away with money because there will be no need for it anymore. We will have much more time when we don’t need to compare monetary value. Indeed our command of the physical world today is profound. We have progressed from hammers and nails to CPU’s. Nothing further required, our last physical creation can take over from this point, we can become liberated and focus on life. All that I say has become possible for us, we’ll have to see if we want such progress. We use AI for many things today, secret CIA type things too I’m sure.