Creativity Rebooted

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A long time ago, about a few years after the dinosaurs were wiped out from the face of the earth, owning a telephone was a luxury.

Six months after father made a booking for one, our very own shiny green phone arrived along with two directories (that doubled as pillows when our relatives visited us). My brother and I set out to make brief calls, under father’s watchful eyes, to our school friends whom we otherwise never bothered speaking to.

Wonder what an ancient Roman would say if you told him that he could watch Gladiator while riding to Athens in climate-controlled comfort or how your great grandparents would react if they looked down from their heavenly abode and saw their great grandchildren holding onto tiny slabs to listen to ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ before they have uttered their first words.

Artificial Intelligence experts claim that robots will take up most of the physical and rote jobs for humans leaving man free to focus his intellect on creative tasks, subsequently creating a few million jobs in entirely new fields.

Quality of life would be at its prime with robots babysitting autopilots in the cockpit, take up long-haul trucking routes on highways, clean up the city while we get our much-needed night’s rest and may be even take up to doing your morning jogs or attempt yoga postures that you had given up trying, with not as much as a frown, while you are just too busy fanning your creative side and unleashing your inner artist.

Statistics for obesity will never fail to disappoint with its increasing figures, but not to worry, there are robots to nurse you, feed you and take care of you while you recuperate after your Dr. Bot’s liposuction procedure.

In the first, Japanese venture capital firm Deep Knowledge added a robot named Vital to its board of directors.

I wonder if Vital will be held accountable for its executive decisions as is in the case with its human counterparts or if Vital will evolve enough to become the first robot to get into a corruption scandal.

Now that Artificial Intelligence has found its way into the board room, a little more creativity can empower robots to run the world, while we intelligent species of human beings can blissfully just work or even pretend on keeping our creative juices flowing!

 

 

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    • Hehe! Do not worry, Doctor, I am sure Medical Creativity will leave mundane tasks like liposuction procedures in the able hands of Dr. Robot, while experienced doctors like yourself will be left with some more important procedures that is bound to save humanity!
      Even as I say this, I dread to think of my life in the heartless mechanical hands of a machine.

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  1. People degrade themselves in order to make machines seem smart all the time Pranitha. Before the crash, bankers believed in supposedly intelligent algorithms that could calculate credit risks before making bad loans. We ask teachers to teach to standardized tests so a student will look good to an algorithm. We have repeatedly demonstrated our species’ bottomless ability to lower our standards to make information technology look good. Every instance of intelligence in a machine is ambiguous.

    The same ambiguity that motivated dubious academic AI projects in the past has been repackaged as mass culture today. Did that search engine really know what you want, or are you playing along, lowering your standards to make it seem clever? While it’s to be expected that the human perspective will be changed by encounters with profound new technologies, the exercise of treating machine intelligence as real requires people to reduce their mooring to reality.

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    • That is a completion to the post, Neal, Thank you!
      There is so much hype given to Robotics as a subject at my son’s school. The younger generation of kids have been driven to believe that machines are and will be the future. Their job is accomplished with absolute ease with these subjects and a bit of theory, not to mention the child’s research on Google coupled with parent enthusiasm on the same. The ambiguity of machines loom large and as you have very well said, “the exercise of treating machine intelligence as real requires people to reduce their mooring to reality”

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    • I like that line of thinking. It reminds me of the scene in the first Terminator movie where the machine fixes his damaged eye at the sink, and then adjusts his hair – robot vanity. My question is this: if we take the machine out of the equation, then what means of assessment are we left with, and would we accuse it of being an exercise in plumping up the vanity of the replacement standards / assessor etc?

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  2. I’ve just seen a play called Spillikin, which was about a husband and wife, and the husband ‘transplanted’ himself into the Robot when he died, and his wife, who lived on but had dementia sort of carried on and as she grew less well, she took some comfort from him. It was strange: but very popular!

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  3. Pranitha your articles are always fun to read & they’re well equipped with a spot of hilarity😊. I dread the robot dependence! Technology has taken over our lives already… anything more is too scary!
    Enjoyed the read Pranitha😊

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