AI – a turning point in human civilisation

Jawad-Khaki The writer, Mohamed Jawad Khaki (Seattle, USA) is an entrepreneur, investor, technologist, and a community volunteer

AI: Although this was written back in January and many things have developed since it is still a good read.

Back in 1994/1995, I remember visiting various community centers around North America and Europe to raise awareness of Internet technologies around the time or prior to Microsoft’s launch of Windows ’95. We saw a huge tidal wave of adoption enabled by the web browser and internet
protocols in a mass market operating system.

Thanks to the proliferation of these internet technologies connections, I am able to share information
and thoughts on important technological developments of our present time from the comfort of my
home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

We are in the midst of an explosion in innovation. Five platforms evolving at the same time: Genomic
sequencing, robotics, energy storage, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.

In the same way, it was hard to predict how Internet usage would disrupt things back in the 1970s and
the 1980s as we were developing and incubating the internet protocols that came to maturity in the 1990s and 2000s, the future ahead is full of uncertainty.

Developments on the AI front are bound to disrupt on a much bigger scale in my view. Many workflows and economic models will be disrupted. There will be an impact on how humans organize themselves.
Get ready for a turbulent ride in the exciting times ahead. It will be a challenge to match investments
being made by the developed world to assume a dominant position in maturing fields like AI – both in
terms of $s but more importantly skilled workers that will drive these disruptions.

Education that nurtures a skilled workforce will be a key determinant to enable effective participation in
innovating and driving these disruptions.

Let me share a video from about two years ago highlighting the fears expressed by Elon Musk on AI.

Yuval Noah Harari on The Future of Sapiens.

His book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The book sets out to examine the possibilities of the future of Homo sapiens. The premise outlines that during the 21st century, humanity is likely to make a significant attempt to gain happiness, immortality, and God-like powers. Throughout the book, Harari openly speculates various ways that this ambition might be realised in the future based on the past and present. In his first write-up, he accounts for human history within a framework: he sees the natural sciences as setting the limits of possibility for human activity and sees the social sciences as shaping what happens within those bounds. The academic discipline of history is the account of cultural change. Harari surveys the history of humankind from the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century, focusing on Homo sapiens. He divides the history of Sapiens into four major parts: The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BCE, when imagination evolved in Sapiens). The Agricultural Revolution (c. 10,000 BCE, the development of agriculture). The unification of humankind (c. 34 CE, the gradual consolidation of human political organizations towards one global empire). The Scientific Revolution (c. 1543 CE, the emergence of objective science).

Language translation was one of the first challenges taken on by researchers in the domain of artificial
intelligence (AI). It remains one of the most complex and difficult problems for a machine to perform at
the level of a human. “That’s because language is the most natural thing for humans. Nonetheless, the
data Translated collected clearly shows that machines are not that far from closing the gap,” said
Translated’s CEO Marco Trombetti at the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas 2022
conference, where he previewed our discovery during his opening keynote speech.

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies is a 2014 book by the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom
from the University of Oxford. It argues that if machine brains surpass human brains in general
intelligence, then this new superintelligence could replace humans as the dominant life form on Earth.
Sufficiently intelligent machines could improve their own capabilities faster than human computer
scientists, and the outcome could be an existential catastrophe for humans.

In my view, the threat is more long-term than anything in the near-term future. It all depends on how
Google responds to stay ahead. ChatGPT as a platform approach opens innovation opportunities for
many and has the potential to change the way people engage with the search engine. How people
modify their engagement in the long term is what will impact Google’s search revenues.

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