Artificial intelligence, data, analytics, neural net, computer-human interface…these aren’t the future. They are now. For those of us with a foot in the age of human intelligence and a foot in the age of artificial intelligence, it makes us wonder: so what do we make of what we know, if we (as humans) may become irrelevant?
It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds.
This blog will be brief because the idea is huge, and I want to give us all time and space to ponder this one thought.
Humans are finite, at least for now. We have a limited lifespan. For generosity’s sake, let’s call it 100 years. And then we take what we know with us when we go.
Some of us have preserved our thoughts, ideas and creativity for future generations, but let me venture to guess that most of us have not.
For millennia, without that knowledge capture, preservation and transfer, we kept starting all over.
All that changed with the printing press, and accelerated rapidly with video and audio capture. Look at the rapid proliferation of knowledge, now doubling about every one or two years because we are able to continue to build on what came before.
So what is the threat of AI to human intelligence? Here it is…
Computers don’t die. Teach them to think, and they will keep thinking and growing and learning and eventually…well, their intelligence surpasses that of any human simply because their learning curve is theoretically infinite.
This is what all the fuss is about.
I leave you with that.
And encourage your thoughts and debate in the comment section or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, by the way, my latest book, Retaining Expert Knoweldge: What to Keep in an Age of Information Overload, was published in hard cover on May 10 and you can buy it here. I just noticed that a Kindle version has been added. Thank you for your continued interest!