21 thoughts on “Exponential Technology Literacy: Neil Jacobstein at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende”

  1. I agree that AI offers unprecedented opportunities and processing power, and will be indispensable to solving the great issues of the 21st century. However, starry-eyed AI evangelism like this man typifies strikes me as extremely naive. Like many new technologies throughout history, AI's primary utility and employment will be as a weapon and an instrument of great power politics. Let that sink in, then tell me this devotion among the Silicon Valley intelligentsia to discussing only the limitlessly bright future of AI while downplaying the threats it poses is anything but blind or dishonest. Musk's assessment of Al's potentialities is far more realistic and sober-minded than the many apostles of the Cybernetic Second-Coming; who, like Dr. Frankenstein, believe they are too smart to lose control of the undead monster they are assembling. Science's crowning achievement may be its crowning (and final) act of hubris.

    "Let's build a globe-spanning hyper-intelligent, self-aware golem with access to every level of our infrastructure, and then say with a straight face that THERE'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT! Trust us, we won't lose control and we know what we're doing." That's Science Inc.'s P.R. platform regarding AI in a nutshell. Hilarious.

    AI is a national security issue of the highest order. The threats it poses cannot be underestimated. Whether AI prevents our extinction or hastens it is up to us and how rigorously, ethically, and securely we develop it. Something with so much impact on every sector of society should not be decided on solely by wide-eyed true believers in Silicon Valley. There is no room for mistakes with this technology.

  2. "Artificial intelligence is not our enemy…it's going to be harnessed…"

    I hope he's right; otherwise we are all screwed. What are the chances that a cabal of psychopaths will hijack A.I. for their own purposes? I know, I know- extremely unlikely!

    chuckles ruefully

  3. Internet of things… idk if I want my fridge telling the rest of the world what I put in it.
    Its getting so hard to hide body parts these days.. sheeze.

  4. hmm.. i think the next logical step of harware is to develop a flexible hardware.. i wanted to call it software but that is allready taken so… flexware ?

  5. get ready to get your ass whooped by robots
    extinction is near
    or hopefuly they won't even notice us as our level of intelligence will be ant like compared to them

  6. Thanks to "GOD" for taking me out of the tabacco family business. And thank you, Sir for sharing your thought. Long time ago I was an AISB activist.

  7. Science and technology is what, and always will  drive the peoples of this world .
    Is to bad that most are not engage on it, but been ignorant  and stupid about it, by introducing the notion that god, is all you need to know.
    The other thing is, peoples of science are respected with the wrong attitude, and
    that is, no financial support,
    Take a look at this,, Sports peoples are paid millions by just,,, WHAT,
    kicking, throwing, hitting, running, racing,and on and on, some object, that has no
    meaning or purpose for societies, and only a waist of time [ my opinion ]
    Now if could only see the picture.    

  8. It's about time someone individualistic thinking and speaking in a way that some 
    of us can understand in a laymen and clear terms.
    You have strengthen the way I think. 
    Thank you so much

  9. All this was predicted first by Raymond Kurzweil, if you want to know what will happen in the future read his books, the Singularity is Near and the Age of the Spiritual Machines.

  10. This presentation was made before Eric Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA. We all know how Obama et al. lied about the vast scope of data collection, then tried–with the enthusiastic cooperation of the mainstream media–to discredit Snowden. Does anyone who's familiar with that story believe, seriously, that governments and their international elites will let us access and use information in any way that might diminish their power over us?

    As a more mundane example of the asymmetric access to information and technology, vending machines are being developed that will read our brain waves to find out how much more we'd pay for the product. Will those machines also tell us how much less the producer would sell it for?

    Most problems in the world are not caused by a shortage of information. They're caused by the flaws and evil of people who possess power; always want more of it; and work diligently to undermine potential rivals. And of course by the flaws of those potential rivals themselves.

    It would be interesting to hear how the speaker would modify his presentation post-Snowden.

  11. We do have unlimited resources. What is limited is our access to these resources which is increasing exponentially.

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