Look at the Future of Technology: AI

Look at the Future of Technology: AI

The application of new technologies could help solve some of today’s major crises, such as the water crisis, and build a more sustainable world.

We are currently experiencing glory days for the so-called “futurologists”, a profession without qualifications in which anyone can express themselves on that unexplored frontier that is our future. It has been since the turn of the century that numerous entities of diverse nature, including intelligence and defense agencies, planning councils, and NGOs, have begun to express a growing concern about time horizons that until now were exclusively within the realm of science fiction ( or sci-fi, science fiction). Indeed, all the companies and groups just mentioned have since then consulted a group of hard science fiction authors (also called technological science fiction), unaffected by the travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

New Technologies: Solution or Threat?

There is a question that continues to arise: will we be able to find a solution to current problems with the help of new technologies? We have conflicting news and perspectives in this regard but are supposed to restore the basic stability of the Western Enlightenment experience … and this is already a rather bold supposition … then different technological and social trends could materialize in the next 5-10 years.

  • Advances in the cost-efficiency of sustainable energy supply will are boosted by improved storage systems. This will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and allow cities and homes to be more self-sufficient.
  • The methods used in urban agriculture could also be applied on an industrial scale, allowing for giant strides towards the goal of local autonomy(perhaps it will take a full decade or more for these methods to show a significant impact). Meat consumption will decrease for several reasons, while also ensuring a certain degree of food safety.
  • Small-scale, on-demand local manufacturing could begin to show signs of change by 2025, changing supply chains and shrinking their currently overstretched networks.
  • If what has just been listed takes place, transoceanic transport will find itself with a surplus of capacity throughout the planet and this surplus can be used in part to improve the serious water shortages(even if it will not be enough to solve the problem). The innovative uses of these ships are diverse: they range from retreats for the rich to shelters for climate refugees … possibilities that I describe in my novels “Existence” and “Heart”.
  • Large-scale diagnostic evaluations of diets, genes, and microbiome will lead to microbiome-based therapies and treatments that utilize the human digestive system’s transformation systems. AI assessments of other types of diagnostics will improve problem detection, and these features will be made available on low-cost portable devices that are accessible to even the most underfunded clinics.
  • The handheld devices will begin to be equipped with sensing technologies capable of capturing, analyzing, and processing data across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, allowing NGOs and even individuals to detect and report any environmental problems. From a social point of view, this extension of citizens’ abilities to see and observe the evolution of the situation will allow overcoming the current trend of delegating responsibility to the police and government bodies. 
  • I am willing to bet that the ensuing tsunami of information will open cracks in the barriers that protect many elites, hiding their wrongs and immoral conduct, past and present. Panama Papers case and the Epstein case, as well as the most recent investigation of the FinCEN files, show how fear drives some oligarchs to join efforts to silence those who leak things that should remain secret. But a few more cracks would be enough to bring down the dam, thus bringing to light entire networks devoted to extortion, cheating, and blackmail. This change is only partially driven by technology and is therefore not guaranteed. But if this were to happen, there would be dangerous gasps on the part of all types of elites, who would desperately try to maintain their prestige or privileges or to evade the consequences of their actions. But if these dynamics are allowed to spontaneously evolve to their natural conclusion, the more transparent world that awaits us will end up being more honest and better managed.
  • Some of these elites have become aware of how ninety years of Hollywood propaganda in favor of individualism, criticism, diversity, distrust of the authorities, and the celebration of eccentricity have affected society and citizens. Counter-propaganda that attempts to support an older, more traditional approach to authority and conformity is already emerging and exploiting mankind’s own ancestral fears. Much will depend on this war being fought via memes.

Of course, much will also depend on the short-term resolution of the current crises. If our systems continue to be undermined and sabotaged by civil conflicts sustained by the top and by an attitude of mistrust towards scientific knowledge, it becomes impossible to make bets or forecasts.

Risks to Privacy

And what can we say about the role of tech and technology companies in the lives of private citizens? Many are concerned about the spread of ” surveillance technologies that will eventually give life to the Big Brother dictatorship “. These fears are well-founded, but the vision of the problem appears limited.

  • First, surveillance cameras spread out everywhere and facial recognition is just the beginning. Nothing will stop them, and even thinking about “protecting” citizens from being seen by the elites is completely absurd, as cameras become smaller, more powerful, faster, cheaper, more mobile, and much more every month. It’s Moore’s law to the nth degree. Safeguarding freedom, security and privacy will require a change of perspective.
  • Yes, despotisms have everything to gain from this tendency; it follows that the only thing that matters is to prevent despotism altogether.
  • On the contrary, a free society will be able to use these same booming technologies to make everyone accountable for their actions. At this very moment, we can see how these new tools are being used to end centuries of abuses of the “bad apples” that lurk in police forces, those who are criminals, while at the same time allowing serious cops to commit your work better. There is no guarantee that the new awareness thus gained will be used effectively in this way. It is not possible to know whether we citizens will have the necessary initiative to exercise bottom-up “surveillance” of all elites. But even Gandhi and Martin Luther King were saved by the rudimentary technologies of awareness of their times.

Of course, those who worry about the problem and danger posed by surveillance technologies are absolutely right! But they are completely wrong when they propose remedies and solutions. Trying to ban technologies and create gray areas within which citizens can hide is absolutely wrong and disastrous. 

The Ethical Question

Will the use of artificial intelligence in the next decade be ethically right or controversial? Isaac Asimov in his “Robot Cycle” conceived a future in which ethical issues would have a central role in the minds of the designers of artificial brains, that is, based on artificial intelligence … not so much for reasons of prudence, but to allay fears of an anxious audience. Today’s population does not seem to show any signs of deep concern about AI, and this is perhaps because we are seeing advances in AI primarily through screens, and not through the making of rattling mechanical men. Of course, there are numerous and serious conferences on this subject, I myself have participated in many of them. Unfortunately, however, the interventions that take sides in favor of ethical issues in the development of AI are, at best, palliatives. I am often the voice out of the chorus, as I propose a method of promoting “ethical behavior” in AI similar to that applied to humans, particularly most males: by taking responsibility for their actions. If the AIs are many, different, and competing with each other, it will be in their best interest to keep an eye out and report bad things, because doing so will be to their advantage. It is a simple appeal, which, alas, rarely emerges in discussions. it will be in their best interest to keep an eye out and report bad things because doing so will be to their advantage. It is a simple appeal, which, alas, rarely emerges in discussions. it will be in their best interest to keep an eye out and report bad things because doing so will be to their advantage. It is a simple appeal, which, alas, rarely emerges in discussions.

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