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AI: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

Updated on February 8, 2017
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Luke works as a middle school English, Social Justice, and Mindfulness teacher in the sanctuary city, San Jose, CA.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Out With the Old

My grandparents were born in the depressing decade of the 1930’s. Their world was rough, growing slowly with the aches and pains of societal revolution. All endeavors took invested time and physical effort. Information was relayed through newspapers and the radio. Entertainment was found in music and dance. People had valuable skills that pertained to real life engagement: Road trips required the ability to read maps. Air travel required a travel agent, and communicating meant physically speaking with another human being.

My world is different. Instead of writing a letter, I shorthand a quick text. Rather than reading through a stack of encyclopedias, I Google for immediate answers. Images are captured instantly and shared across the world with the touch of a single button. Conversations are riddled with derogatory language and hip-hop slang. When entertainment is a concept with near infinite potential, I wonder how the world will continue to change.

A Changing World

As a teacher, I see that the frustrating struggles of connecting to AOL while another person tries to use the telephone are unrecognized by today’s youth. The Internet is instantaneous and everywhere. My archaic stories of connecting via landline may as well be the stories of my grandparents walking to school uphill, both ways. In today’s world, 8-tracks, pages, and walkmans are ancient fossils. They are the bricks supporting the massive infrastructure of today’s newer, technologically savvy society.

I wonder, though, where this progression will take humanity. Does anyone know where we are headed? Is anyone reflecting on the subconscious implications of computer screen addiction? Or is everyone too preoccupied with status updates, conspiracy news, and celebrity drama to care?

Are We Ready?

To me, it seems like technology is evolving too quickly for our brains to manage or comprehend. We are letting our creation grow out of control, like farmers who have neglected their crops for too long. Like weeds overtaking a garden, technology is monopolizing the environment. When it comes time to check the fields, will humanity be up for the challenge?

Developing AI

The Birth of Artificial Intelligence

The information age is growing exponentially and without boundaries. Futurists project computer’s processing power to double every few months to a year. Adults and youth are losing sight of reality, being absorbed into virtual dimensions and projections of the mind. Electronic media demands our constant attention, but this might be the least of our concerns.

Figuratively, we are consumed by our devices. However, if humans aren’t careful, this may happen literally as well. Many innovators point to artificial intelligence as the epitome of human ingenuity through technological advances. Artificial intelligence, AI, is mechanical sentience—the ability for a computer to think for itself, as a human might do. If a computer becomes self-conscious, will it still need the beings that created it?

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With advancement in robotics, identity recognition systems, internet databases, and microchip technology, humans might soon be sharing the planet with another elite species: the computer. Will we be able to coexist with our creation? Can we work together to experience a deeper level of life never seen before? Or will Terminators take over the planet, eradicating a lesser life form: us?

Even if humans can control the ultimate outcome and evolution of technology, where is our species headed next? Will we alter our genetic structures, creating a race of super humans? Will we integrate our bodies with technology or upload our consciousness into computers, entering into a state of transhumanism? Will children be implanted with microchips? Will we become more machine than man?


21st Century Society

Without a phone, I am alone.

The masses pass by

sucked into screens

absorbed in a culture

of cyberworld dreams.

They move forward together

like fish in a school

ushered to nowhere

by media’s tools.

The real world is fading,

just drifting away

while I’m left debating

society’s decay.

I live in a generation

consumed by devices

a time when reality

no longer entices

us to the point

where we’ve closed ourselves off--

where talking’s taboo

and eye contact is scoffed.

I fear that this crutch

will become more than a prop

that soon we’ll no longer

be able to stop

the hypnosis of screens

held in our hands

and technologia

that slowly commands

our minds to submit

to illumined displays

until we’ve been drained

of humanly ways.

It’s the end of interaction,

the fractioning of existence

as sentient beings

and a movement toward

cyborg machines.

I think before long

we’ll integrate in our brains

microchips and small wires

and synthetic strains

that alter our genes

to advance our species--

an army of robots

that no longer he – shes.

We’ll become an interconnected system,

unified with all of humanity’s wisdom.

Alone and at home, we’ll plug into walls

to charge up our cells and download protocols.

When all minds are combined

and know everything

there’s no point in conversing

or so it would seem.

Why would you rehearse words on a train

when everyone knows everything in your brain?

They know what you’d say

and how you would say it

and you’d know that they know

because they’d relay it

through a similar system

like the internet,

something so advanced

we can’t fathom it yet.

Maybe its just evolution at play

and really everything I’m trying to say

are the words of a grandpa

remembering the days

when kids ran around in physical play.

Perhaps I’m stuck

reminiscing a style

where people beguiled

and took more than awhile

to share their stories for no reason at all.

Ah, nevermind, I see you’re getting a call.

In Conclusion

We must be conscious of what we create. We need to see connections and understand how our actions reverberate into the near and distant future. It is our duty to ensure technology progresses in a manner that is beneficial for human beings and the development of our societies. If we aren't careful, technology may literally take over our lives.

© 2017 Luke Holm


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      Luke Holm 6 months ago

      JounCosta, thank you for your comment. Do you think AI will take over humanity?

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      Joun Costa 6 months ago

      Oh. nice