Don’t Panic

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and even Ashton Kutcher are among some of the investors who have recently dropped a cool calm and collected $40 million on a start up company that is developing an advanced form of Artificial Intelligence.

No I am not talking about the movie, I’m talking about the currently small company Vicarious, which has the goal of creating an artificial computer that thinks, sees, and learns like a human being. I am personally fine with robots taking over the Earth, and in fact I embrace that notion because that would ensure that the legacy of humanity has a chance of standing the test of time, but I digress. This is currently in the embryo phase, so to speak, and we are a far way from a dystopian/utopian future of robots making moves, but the way the project is being described is definitely cool. The people behind the idea are saying they want to create a robot that can associate not just objects and shapes, but textures as well, to the point where one can ask for a “chair made of ice” and the robot would be able to fully comprehend the task.

Global warming (or climate change if you are more conservative and don’t care for the term global warming) is happening at alarming rates that we are not fully addressing, and I have even read some scientists claim that we would need to reduce our emissions by 80% just to reduce the damage and that we are 60 years ahead of schedule for the worst case scenario (look this up for yourself, it’d be more valuable than me citing anyone) and I don’t want to be pessimistic, but humanity will not be able to live on Earth forever by the way it has changed over the years (we used to be a planet of molten lava.) Artificial intelligence might be our ticket to eternity so to speak.

But then again, what do I know.


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