carmensaksen January 9, 2019

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Today in
class we talked about technology and development. One thing that I found interesting
was artificial intelligence, we talked a lot about this subject. The way that
the development of robots, AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality),
VR (virtual reality) and much more is going, I think people need to take a
minute and think about what this implies. I like many others enjoy things like
VR games and google home, but when do we go too far? That is why I want to
reflect a bit further on this subject.

To start we
need to ask some basic questions. What is AI? What is a robot? Are there
benefits to using VR? Based on the Techopedia definition we can say that AI
(artificial intelligence) ¨an artificial intelligence
is a human like machine that can work and react like we humans do¨
(https://www.techopedia.com/definition/190/artificial-intelligence-ai
). ¨A robot is a machine that is programmed
to do tasks, and to help the everyday person¨
(https://snl.no/robot ). How complicated the programming
is determined by the task the robot is supposed to perform. VR is an inventive way
to both learn and have fun. VR (virtual reality) is a digital world you can
move around in with VR glasses and other equipment. VR as a learning tool have
been widely used in the feel dog medicine for students to practice surgery and
more. The virtual reality gives the students a safe and controlled environment to
practice. This type of learning can also be used in other fields where training
can be dangerous, like flying and military.

We talked a
lot about what these changes will bring for the future. What if we lose control
of the robots? What will people do when robots do everything? When will the
dramatic changes of AI happen? I think that some of the things we went through
like camera eye lenses and individual (personal) scores like in the tv show
Black Mirror can happen within 5- 10 years. China has already started with the
implementing of personal scores based on the individual’s online activity as a
part of the China social credit system.
The risk with this is that you don’t get a lot out of it… what if I posted negative
comments online and my score went down to a point where I couldn’t get a job,
but I was the best pilot in the nation. Then some other guy that is less
competent then me will get the job because his social score is higher? I think
if we were to implement a system like this, we would need to have more than one
score, I mean one for different activity skills, one for how you behave around
others and more. Linked-in already kind of do this. When you have a profile at
linked-in you can list some of your qualities that would be relevant at a job
you would like and you’re Linked-in friends and others can rate your skills
based on there experience. It’s not the same as what they are doing in china
and what was in the tv series black mirror, but it has some similarities.

Robots have
been around a long time, maybe longer than you think. By our definition a fridge,
computer, phones and car can be described as a type of robot. The fridge is a
cooling storage robot, the smart phone and your computer are internet, writing,
movie and music playing and much more robot. A car is a driving robot. Most of
these examples are a kind of robot that needs a person’s help to perform tasks,
but with products like google home, your involvement in doing these tasks are
more and more minimalized. To some people this is very scary, and especially when
they think about what this implies for security and jobs. Do you remember the
Roald Dhal story of Charlie and the chocolate factory? In the movie made by Tim
Burton the father of Charlie loses his factory job, putting caps on toothpaste
to a robot arm. But as we can see in the film, he gets a new job repairing the
robot in the end. The same happened with the industrial revolution with
spinning jenny and it will most likely happen now with the digital revolution. I
think there will be jobs for people in the future, we just don’t know what they
are yet. I don’t think that everybody will be mechanics an IT personnel, some
will, but with new ways of doing things there will also come a need for people
to learn about these things. Because of the industrial revolution, farmers did
not go away. The continued to develop with each other. Essential jobs will most
likely survive, but it will depend probably on the country and politic.

This is
just a short version of my view on the subject. I would love to hear your opinion
in the comments. Thank you for reading.

-Carmen