By Komron Aripov
It’s cliché, however still stands true: if someone asked you 20 years ago whether you are going to use a mysterious entity under the name of “Google” to get answers to your questions, or maybe publish your pictures to an audience of 1.3 billion users on a platform named “Facebook”, would you answer yes?
No, because you most probably weren’t alive 20 years ago, but that’s not the point.
The point is, it gets exponentially harder to predict the future as you keep adding years to your estimates. We have many theories of what the next fifty years will hold, and the singularity is one of them.
In a nutshell, it’s the point in time when computer intelligence will surpass human intelligence to unfathomable amount. Imagine a computer is built, that can upgrade itself in cycles. As the goal of such a machine is to improve itself faster, these cycles will become shorter and the upgrades getting smarter as the computer is also improving. At some point, this will result in infinite upgrade cycle and the explosion of intelligence that will far surpass that of humans and alter it in ways we couldn’t have imagined. *evil laugh*
The general outcomes are distinct though. It will be either human versus machine, or human plus machine and if the latter happens, our civilization will have the resources to sustain itself for an eternity. What we really don’t know is when it’s going to happen – in 20 years, 30 years, a century, or maybe never.
POPULATION OF GENIUSES
Imagine this theory holds true. It could either go very wrong, but it also could go very well. The great geniuses like Einstein, who analyzed and opened a whole new world in their respective fields could be anyone of the billions of people on Earth. We could have revelations on the level of the general theory of relativity made daily and that is just the beginning of what technological singularity could offer.
People who would have “upgraded” to such intelligence would essentially become gods on a level of thinking that is incomprehensible to biological life form.
If that scares you – you are not alone. It scares me too.
Of course, this all sounds too good to be true. One of the most recognized people in this field of futurism is Ray Kurzweil. In his vision, he tells us these events will take place in 2045, exactly 28 years from now. However, one thing I think he and his followers fail to understand is that the functions of the human brain are still very much unknown, and until neurobiologists fully understand how the brain works, singularity will be just a funny sounding word.
To the people that agree more with a prominent figure than a fourteen-year-old: “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kerzweil is a great book on the topic and this article is just my 2 cents. Just to give you some perspective: this idea of an “intelligence super explosion” dates all the way back to the 1950s, and trust me on this one, it’s long from over.
By Michal Nowacki
For years now, astronomers have been pondering over the question: "Is there life nearby?". As it turns out, we are ever so close to finding an answer.
A new, potentially habitable planet has just been discovered orbiting around the star Ross 128. A relatively quiet and old M-Dwarf star, it has been under our watch for a long time. The planet was found using the HARPS (High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher) instrument at the European Southern Observatory.
The only confirmed habitable nearby planet used to be Proxima Centauri β, however it has been ruled out because its parent star, Proxima Centauri, is still active and continuously blasts the planet with dangerous and scorching stellar radiation. This means any chance of life or an atmosphere on Proxima Centauri β was likely wiped out a long time ago. Meanwhile, Ross 128b would not have a hard time holding onto an atmosphere, because its star is a relatively quiet and old one, meaning it has long ended its hiatus of activity.
Scientists do have doubts, however, because the planet is likely to be tidally locked; just like our moon, which would mean that one side is constantly facing the star, and one always in darkness. They don't know if this fact will affect its habitability, but probably not, because the edges of the terminator (the line between light and dark) is probably optimally heated. The discovered planet is only 11 light years away, which is still a very long distance, but certainly within the reach of any future near-light-speed technologies. If we could travel at the speed of light, it would take 11 years to get there.
Whatever the conditions on the surface are, this is just another example of the constant progress and success in search that astronomers are doing, and that we should be grateful for.
By Joel Ramlill
I like where I live. I have not only food, shelter and water, but also friends, family, security, peace and leisure. This is not surprising, seeing as I live in Switzerland, which is one of the best countries to live in the world. But what if I wasn’t so lucky? What if I lived somewhere completely different? Somewhere like Liberia.
Liberia is a west African nation with an interesting story. The American Colonization Society believed that Black people would face lower levels of discrimination if they moved back to Africa. The nation is so influenced by America that their flag is very similar and their capital, Monrovia, is named after the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe.
We in the West often like to think that we keep in mind people less fortunate than ourselves. We donate to church, we donate to charities and we donate to specific causes. We have fancy gala dinners and auctions to raise money. We raise awareness for issues plaguing the world. But we also dislike watching the charity ads on TV, and flick through news channels depicting the crises in developing nations. We distance ourselves.
I am not in any way retracting myself from these accusations, but I try every now and again to be exposed to things outside the “Geneva Bubble”. A friend recommended I watch a Vice News documentary entitled “The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia”. This was the single most horrifying glimpse into another nation I had ever been exposed to.
A Vice news team lands in Monrovia where they proceed to pay off the Liberian prison guards in order to free a Warlord called General Bin Laden. Here is a key point, during the Liberian Civil Wars, rebel generals gave themselves aliases such as Bin Laden or Rambo in order to not be identified after the wars were over and to strike fear in their opposition. There was also General Mosquito (due to the mosquito being one of the most feared animals in Liberia because of the high rates of Malaria) and General Mosquito Spray who was fighting the aforementioned General Mosquito.
The city of Monrovia did not have a grid. The inhabitants of the slum of West Point defecated on the beach, contaminating the air and the water supply. A ten-year old child got high on cocaine and bragged to the reporters that he had held a woman at gun point and then raped her.
The Vice team then met up with General Butt Naked, a title attributed to him as he and his child soldiers fought naked to scare the opposition and appear brave. But the most shocking thing about this documentary is that General Butt Naked would sacrifice an innocent boy, rip his heart out from his back, make his child soldiers eat it. This man massacred thousands of people. At this point, I think I need to state that I am in no way making this up. This actually happened. To add to the sheer craziness of the country, General Butt Naked is now a relatively accepted priest under his real name, Joshua Blahyi.
I’m not saying that Liberia is an awful place. People do terrible things in war. But this. This is crazy. And I really can’t find a way to end this on a positive note. The GDP per capita in Liberia is still less than a thousand dollars a year and 85% of the population live under the poverty line. Contrast this to Switzerland, where the GDP per capita is around 65,000 dollars, with a high life expectancy, lots of civil liberties and it makes for rough reading.
I genuinely hope Liberia gets better. They have elections coming up and football legend George Weah is a serious contender. I hope for his country’s sake that he or his opponent can deliver drastic change needed to help the citizens of Liberia.
By Daria Samilova
Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite and liberal journalist who has taken part in opposition protests, said she was standing as an “against all” protest candidate.The daughter of Vladimir Putin’s political mentor, Anatoli Alexandrowitsch Sobchak, has said she will stand in Russia’s presidential election next March. But do we actually know her real intentions behind perfectly scripted propaganda blogs and meetings? Yes, there is much more to be discovered about her outstanding personality.
Taking in account that Ksenia’s father was a former mayor of St. Petersburg, she was previously better known as Russia's No.1 'it girl', as well as 'Russia's Paris Hilton'. Since her late teenage days, she has been a regular face on media for posing for Russian glamour magazines, co-writing and appearing in many TV shows, and for dating a number of oligarchs. However, she went through a severe transformation following her 30th birthday and decided to revisit her political roots to do something significant for the country.
“With an army of fans and multi-million earnings, Ms Sobchak clearly believed she was in a place to judge.”
In the following years, she gave numerous interviews talking about her sudden change of heart, but critics saw it as one of her publicity stunts, as “playing politics” was the newest trend. The fact that she launched a number of political shows during this time and most significantly participated as talk show host on “TV Rain|, the leading voice for liberal Moscow. Co-produced with the channel’s then editor-in-chief, Mikhail Zygar, her shows were hugely popular. They were sharp and smart, and featured the newsmakers Russians wanted to see. With influence and connections that reached across the political spectrum, there were few people who could turn Ms Sobchak down.
On October 18, 2017, she announced her intention to run for presidency opposite Vladimir Putin, who is almost certain to win the election. The news became a media sensation as she has been dubbed as Putin's godchild and the closeness between the two families is not a secret. Many claim that she is just a spoiler candidate set up by the Kremlin to split the opposition vote, much like billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2012. However, she asserted that she would consider withdrawing candidacy if Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader who is officially barred from running for presidency, is allowed as a candidate.
Despite her participation in the presidential elections, many people still think that Ksenia is leading her campaign to once again stand in the middle of the scandal.The two main reasons that predict her loss in the election:
-That she is a woman
-People still see her as the "It-Girl" she was years ago
By Erato Vaitsi and Naomi Kimmerling
In geography class, students studying migration were given the following brief:
You will imagine yourself in the role of a refugee/migrant who has relocated from one part of the world to another.
Some of you will “experience” forced migration as refugees fleeing ethnic cleansing, while others will “move” across the United States as a result of a mandatory career change. Each scenario has some sort of push/pull factor that is driving the migration. In either case, your job is to research in detail the many factors that are involved in a migration.
Your research should address 3 primary questions:
Where are you coming from?
Why are you moving?
How is your life different since your move?
The students had great entries, two of them are featured below.
1. Erato Vaitsi
“The movement that changed my life.”
It’s been so long since I got to write. For the first time in two years it seems as if my luck has smiled at me. I do not know how it happened but on the muddy floor of the refugee camp where I am obliged to stay because of the war, I found this empty notebook. Zain Kamar’s diary…that’s what I will be calling this notebook. I hope one day people in other places get to read it so they can realize how fortunate they are. Us Syrian refugees, live a life of terror, hiding and constant looks over our shoulder. Here in our refugee camp life conditions are inconceivable. There’s not enough food or water to even sustain half of us, many of us are stuck here therefore there’s barely enough space for anybody and we are suffering of huge lack of medicine. My sister wa suffering from fever, vomiting and pains for a month. All we could do was wait so more medicines arrive, since there were more serious cases. Before the war, everyone was fullof joy. Now it’s been about nine months since the last time I saw my mother happy. It was my little sister’s; Yasmina’s birthday. She turned 5 years old…no kid that age should have to see war and its whole life getting torn apart. My parents are worried for me and my other 5 siblings. They want to send me and my two twelve-year-old twin sisters away, to Greece so we can earn money and bring them to Greece too. We have a very limited amount of money so only three of us can travel. My parents want to send us, because we are their eldest children and we are able of working. They don’t want to be the ones migrating because they despise the thought of leaving us alone at this packed, and not completely safe camp. I do not know what to think or do…
The war gets worse day by day. There are bombings, killings, people are traumatized, I AM traumatized, fear is everywhere. Before the war, my parents used to own a supermarket. I helped out sometimes and parallel I went to school. My dream is to become a lawyer. I guess that’s not possible now since I am not getting any kind of education anymore. My parents used to earn 1300000-1400000 syrian pounds per year (2500-3000 USD) until the war started. Then financials were a lost cause we were getting poorer and poorer. One day a bomb was dropped really close to where the supermarket is. That’s when my parents decided to flee to a refugee camp. Our country never provided us with proper papers. We don’t have visas, or passports and at this point of time we cannot get those things. Rasha, my beloved mom, is looking to get us out of the country through an illegal path. There is this man, Adnan, he has my dad’s name, that transports refugees with a boat from Syria to Greece. Today was the day that my mom told me she had made up her mind. Me, Selda and Yana (my twin sisters) are going to flee with that boat to Greece. An involuntary, illegal decision but there really is no other way.
6/10/15 7:15 in the morning
Our parents have packed our things. I don’t feel ready to leave yet. There’s so many things that I do not want to let go of, but there’s so many that are pushing me out of the country.
The war makes me feel threatened every day, we have no home, not enough food and water, our refugee camp is so unsanitary. I cannot survive like this. We are under threat constantly.
The reason we want to migrate to Greece is because it is close, therefore we do not have to travel on the boat for long. Greece offers us a chance to start fresh, we can find better job than in Syria, the education is better, there is no war… The political, social, and financial situations in Syria are much worse than in Greece. In Greece there’s less corruption than in Syria, there is no war, it is not a common ground for countries to battle on, we are not under constant threat and therefore not under constant uncertainty. I assure you if we had a chance we would be in our house, altogether, joyful like we used to be. In two hours we are leaving.
9:30 in the morning
We are getting on the small boat along with another 20 desperate immigrants that are looking to get out of the country as fast as possible. We are stacked one on top of the other. My family and I are in tears. I decided to make a promise to my mom: I will bring us altogether, we will all live in Greece. The boat took off, and in between all the other refugees in tears, me and my two twin sisters waved goodbye to the rest of the family.
After a long trip yesterday night, we finally arrived to Greece. Me and my sisters, along with the other refugees went to a shelter. The trip was terrible. Our boat nearly flipped over 6-7 times, many people were puking, and there was no space for anybody. Since these migrations are illegal no NGOs are involved, and that’s why the conditions are so unbearable. In the end we got to Greece okay, so that’s what matters. Here at the shelter, the conditions are much better than the refugee camp. Throughout the day my sisters and I went to look for work. We have been talking about what we are going to do. Tomorrow we will start by selling tissues at stop lights. The little money we have, that our parents gave to us when we left, we will use to buy a few packets of tissues. We have also been thinking about using some packets from the shelter. I do not like this, in fact, I hate it. All I can do about it is work, work, work, so I can get my family here.
The past two weeks, I have been working as hard as humanly possible. At first I was trying
for a waiter but quickly I realized I would have to overcome the language barrier, and I do not have the time or resources to do that. It’s also really hard to get situated due to a cultural
barrier. My sisters wear hijabs and we get a lot of stares from people and hear most likely
racist comments as we pass by. Greece is beautiful country, surely at a better situation than
Syria. I have made twomain observations: all the buildings are made from concrete and it is
quite dirty, just like Syria. The bins are full up to the top, and the smell of garbage surrounds
some areas. Even so, I feel fortunate to be here even though I want to go back home. Tomorrow i start my new job as a cleaner. Now I value school. Working, especially in such a
terrible job is nothing like going to school.
I have not been able to write at all. My sisters and I are constantly working and we are so close to achieving the amount of money needed to get my parents and three other siblings here with us. During the past two months, I have been facing constant language obstacles but I have managed to learn a few words in Greek. I also have been facing a fair bit of racism because of my skin color. Since the move, despite feeling different, my life has changed to the better. I live in a sanitary shelter, and I am given enough food and water. I have been missing my country but I am able to acknowledge the fact that I am better off here. One day I will go back. I have also been sending some letters to my parents with the boat that takes and brings immigrants and my sisters have been adjusting really well. They are speaking a little Greek, they got jobs of their own… Everything seems to be going right. When the rest of the of my family comes here we will be able to start a new, fresh life and finally be content.
2. Naomi Kimmerling
"The Daily News Letter"
The journey of a Syrian girl who's life changed and will never
be the same.
My name is Aïscha Kouri, I am 15 years old and this is my story.
The war started in 2011 and I was 10 at that time, as was my twin sister Uri, my older brother Aimar was 12 and my baby sister, Rasha, was only 2. In 2013 we had to evacuate. My papa was asked to fight for Syria and my mama and brother, who was only 14, had to help my sisters and I move. I remember the bad people coming to our neighbourhood and hurting my friend’s families. My best friend’s dad was handicapped and the bad men took it to their advantage and hurt him, they hurt him a lot and they laughed about it. They made it a game whilst my family and my best friend’s family cried and screamed. It was awful, as we ran away we could here him beg for his life and it made my best friend cry, it made all of us cry I could not believe they were doing this to our friend who was a father and a husband and very kind man, all that was wrong with him was that he was handicapped. If we didn’t hurry we would have probably been hurt too since there was no man to protect us anymore. My brother was there but if he was found he would have been taken to fight for them. Our papa got called out two days before we left and he gave my mama a note with contact information of a second cousin in Cyprus that we could hopefully stay with.
We did a lot of walking and Aimar and mama took turns carrying Rasha as she found it very hard to walk with such little chubby legs. Rasha was the only thing that could keep us smiling and have hope when we were cold and tired, she would have the cutest little giggle and would laugh about the way a tiny little worm would wriggle around in the mud and she got us all laughing and smiling at her innocence. It made my mama cry though, happy and sad. Happy because her baby was the light in our dark path but sad because she realised that her little Rasha would not have an education and she could already barely talk so it would almost be impossible to learn an other language in Cyprus. We hoped our great cousin would get us an education, a home and be our new “father”.
A few years later, when I was 13 and my brother was 15, we managed to get seats on a boat to Cyprus. It had been two years already since ISIS took Raqqa and a year since they made it their capital. They still wouldn't stop fighting though and were still kidnapping young boys to fight in their armies.
So far no one had died since my friend’s papa had and we hadn't heard anything from my farther so we had all assumed him dead a while ago. My best friend had broken her wrist whilst jumping off a rock trying to make Rasha laugh, but otherwise apart from sprains and cuts no one had been badly hurt.
I remember the night my father left very clearly. That was a very emotional night, we all realised that we were never going to see him again and Rasha would probably never remember his face, but the person who was most upset, if not my mama, was Aimar. He was papa’s only son and he would have been taught so much from my father but he couldn't now, he had to be the man of the family at only the age of 12. We all had to grow up fast, but Aimar grew up the fastest.
One day before going on the boat to Cyprus we were raided and all that the enemies wanted were young boys to sacrifice in their war. They didn't even want to use their own people, they were too precious to them. That showed they were not worth our country. What is a conquered country if it has no inhabitants?
Aimar was 15 and he was the perfect age for them, he fought and fought but they were too strong and too many and they threatened to kill Uri if he didn't come. My mama screamed and screamed for her only son but they weren't having it. They struck me across the face to prove a point and mama fell silent. My brother was then taken by the arms and legs whilst screaming and crying for mama to save him, but she couldn't as now there was a man with a gun to my mama’s head who was threatening to shoot. I got very mad and I could feel my heart pumping very fast with adrenaline that was just pure hatred and anger. That adrenaline got me to stand up and walk towards the man holding my mama down, but before I could have my moment I was knocked out cold by another man I
didn't know was behind me.
I woke up in a small tent that smelt of rotting eggs and I felt a very sore bump on the back of my head and very painful cheek, that was covered by a dirty bandage. It took me a while to remember what had happened before I arrived in that tent but when I did I kept on shouting “Aimar ! Aimar!” until my sister Uri told me to calm down. She told me we had missed the boat to Cyprus but that it was okay because they would not have let us stay there anyway.
Our next option was to go to turkey.
It took two years to get to turkey, we found a camp in Antakya that was friendly enough to lend us three beds. Uri and I in one, mama and Rasha in another and my friend and her mum in the third.
One day we found a package from the same person who’s name was on the contact information my father gave us. It held 150,000 Syrian pounds which was 1,125.35 Turkish Lira, enough to buy us a very small studio apartment in the city. That was the day of my brother’s 17th birthday and it was the perfect present. My birthday was the 21st of October and Uri and I are now 15. We haven't found a school yet but I am trying to teach Rasha the alphabet and how to write her name. My mama is very depressed because she lost both her boys and has to look after us all alone. I pray for my papa and brother and sometimes my friend’s father every night and I look for jobs
every day. So far none have come up but the money our second cousin gave us was very helpful and we are very thankful for him to have done that.
I have no friends here except for my best friend from home and our neighbour who had the same sought of journey as us, only less losses, and the language is very hard to learn immediately but I’m sure that it will catch on in a few months. We are six women living in a 5 by 4 meter studio and it can get very stuffy, even in the winter. This place is very different to our home in Syria, which was average size with three rooms and a kitchen. Now we all live in the same room which is also our living room and our kitchen.
I miss home and I hope papa and Aimar are in a happier place.
By Aïscha Kouri, age 15
By Komron ARIPOV
What piece of aluminum, glass and silicon with no home button costs $999? That’s right, the incredibly hyped and the most speculated phone that has been recently released – The iPhone X. The ten (not the “ex”), is what Apple wants to be not just another phone, but a marker of a new generation of phones. That’s a lot to manage. Following such reasoning, there are a lot of new features and changes both inside and outside the phone.
Quite frankly, the iPhone X has gotten mixed reviews: some taunting the device, and some hating it, and the others in between the two extremes. The Verge’s review teaser said, “Works in progress can still be great”, while Forbes titled their review “Tim Cook's Rushed Vision of Your Awkward Future”. Generally, journalists were dissatisfied with Apple’s choice of sending the device right before the public gets it, therefore pressurizing magazines to write very quick reviews that will set the tone for the months to come. Many articles promised full and more complete reviews in a couple of days. So, what’s so special about this device?
Events have passed, people have changed, but you couldn’t say the same things about Apple’s 4-year-old phone design… until now. The overhaul can be compared to that of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6, but this time even more so. The new bezel-less display, with a notch at the top however, uses the new Super Retina technology replacing the now outdated LCD technology. Apple has claimed that the reason they did not switch technologies earlier, was due to problems with the new AMOLED screens: although they have a better contrast ratio, are thinner, lighter and more flexible, they also are prone to screen burn-ins and have a reduced brightness. They are also claiming that they have incorporated the best of the two worlds into one screen, but time will have to show if they are correct.
The back of the phone has gone a little back in time, particularly to the iPhone 4, and been furnished with some glass, making way for wireless charging. One thing we know for sure – this phone is going to be a HUGE fingerprint magnet. The camera bulge is still there, some saying it’s actually larger on the X, than on the previous iPhones.
Now we have gotten to the good part. Apple’s chip game has been always ahead, since it’s the same company making the chips, unlike the 3rd-party approach Android manufacturers have. The A11 Bionic, is a total beast, with geekbench scores going twice (!) as high as previous iPhones and even trumping the computing power of some of Apple’s laptops. If you are looking for a future proofed device – look no further. The sheer power of this thing is what allows the iPhone to recognize real faces apart from photos (more on that later).
Nothing extraordinarily new in this department, but a couple of things to look at. Apple knows Google is ahead in the software game, so it decided to make something similar of their own: Portrait Lighting.
This mode allows for users to select different types of studio lightning to be applied to their faces. With the help of the chip, the front facing camera can now also take photos with blurred backgrounds, otherwise known as “bokeh”; however many reviewers reported this function to be a little bit shaky. The camera at the back also got an upgrade: now the telephoto lens is also stabilized allowing for more clearer shots with the phone. Overall, a nice small upgrade to an already good camera.
THE FACE ID
I have now stepped into the danger zone, where many magazines have dissenting opinions. Apple, in order to make a bezel-less display, had to pay it’s price: getting rid of the Home button. This leads us to the untimely death of the fingerprint scanner, and although there were many speculations about Apple incorporating a new type of scanner beneath the display, this technology is in it’s very early stages of development, which is probably the reason it wasn’t included.
Behold, the new way of unlocking your iPhone X: your face. Yet another bold movement from Apple (like getting rid of the headphone jacket) has the internet in a debate. I’m not going to take sides, rather speculate. Maybe Apple didn’t prove to us, consumers, how well this face unlock works, it has definitely banks on its side. Apple Pay, a contactless payment system used to utilize fingerprint scanners to validate purchases, and Apple had to prove banks it is secure enough to do so, and it has done the same thing once again. In their keynote presentation, they have spent a great deal of time emphasizing Face ID’s security: it can’t be faked by twins, photos can’t be used to unlock it, and no, your girlfriend can’t unlock your phone while you are sleeping, as it requires opened eyes and attention to the screen.
owever, in the live demonstration of this feature, Craig Federighi fails (!) to unlock the phone in the first two attempts, and has to switch the device. People who have gotten early access units claim that Face ID works well, but the fail rate is higher than it should be. We shall see what is true as more reviews start to pour in.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The iPhone X is a beautiful phone with a solid design, new features and a top-notch chipset, but at a very steep price of $999. Will you enjoy using this phone? Yes, and there is no question about that. Is it the best phone on the market? Arguably, but it is one of the most recently released ones. Are you going to like paying one grand for a slab of metal? That is up to you to decide.
By Komron Aripov
As an informed citizen of the 21st century, you have probably heard of Artificial Intelligence and come to terms with the fact that your job stability might change due to it, one way or another. It has been accepted worldwide that “evil machines are going to take over our jobs and lives”, and in your head, you are picturing some dystopian sci-fi movie where robots are killing off humanity. Surprisingly, that is not true. Although I, nor anybody for that matter, am not qualified to predict the future, there are things to be worried about, and things that are simply overrated.
In the era of technological advancements, who do you choose to believe?
JOBS AI WILL DEFINITELY REPLACE
This is as bad as it gets. As of 2017, AI is not used for much except helping humans do their job, and sometimes doing easily automated aspects of these jobs. In the years to come, AI will noticeably advance, and take over the low-wage and low-intellectual jobs. People working in factories sorting out deformed milk bottles on the production line will be let go. File clerks responsible for maintaining records and files are going to disappear too. People whose jobs are made up of boring, repetitive tasks are all doomed, but it’s not like it is going to happen all at once. Rather, we are going to speculate the slow, but sure rise of these machines as they take over all the manufacturing industry and more.
Take whatever they say on this website with a grain of salt: https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/
WHY THINGS AREN’T THE WAY WE THINK THEY ARE
“Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid” says The Wall Street Journal. And in some sense, they are right. Movies like “The Terminator” have made us all wary of AI, however it’s size is miniscule compared to that of, let’s say, actual intelligence.
Earlier this year, news came in that “computers have created their own language”, setting world’s most famous tech enthusiasts, including Elon Musk, to voice their opinions on how machines will take over the world and enslave our families. These are the results of Facebooks AI program, which was shut down for the same reason:
Bob: “I can can I I everything else”
Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to”
As you can see, there is nothing to be worried about. AI is still in its early infancy, and the “language it’s creating” is probably the most nonsense you will ever display on your screen.
THE ESSENCE OF AI
We are still very far away from the technological singularity, the point where computers will augment humans in every possible sphere. Don’t listen to futurists, as it’s pretty clear towards where they are biased. And don’t completely block yourself from all AI news, thinking it’s going to die out soon. It’s not. Do some research, find out more and make sure you stay on par with advancements of this era.
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