Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When You Think About What's Possible For AI...


...Think about it in terms of what it could contribute to a society that tried to deemphasize specialization. Think about what the human-AI connection could be if it allowed non experts to perform a significant portion of tasks that only experts can do now.

I make this suggestion because this is precisely what I mean when I say that moving away from the current economic operating systems reliance on specialization, and the universal experience translator that money was meant to be (to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan) would allow us to find the best balance of personal involvement with AI and automation. Especially would this be so if we also no longer had to worry about these same systems undercutting our competitive stance in a commercialized labor market.

I would propose to all of you who see AI as a potential for great benefit to humanity to consider that doing so, while still shackled by that same outdated operating system, is in no way the best means to achieve that desired goal. For my way of thinking, the best way, without question, would follow from accepting the need for a complete rethink on how we do the management, and maintenance, of a production/distribution system where specialized labor for production is taken out of the equation. A new model where everyone in a community shared the responsibilities for productive management and maintenance of material basics, and the individual made their own end use items; with everyone participating getting an equity share of the productive output the community, as a whole, decided they were willing to support.

It is in that kind of new social environment, in my opinion, that visionaries like Professor Manuela Veloso would be able to really make AI a shining contribution.



HUMANITY AND AI WILL BE INSEPARABLE

MANUELA VELOSO | HEAD OF MACHINE LEARNING, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
BY RUSSELL BRANDOM | NOV. 15, 2016