D4TC: Emerging Tech, Doomed World

“As you know Donald Trump has won the presidency.  I am spending the day with my family and my mom who is also staying home.  The fact that a man who is openly racist,  sexist, and overall does not care about people like me has been chosen to represent my country is devastating.  It’s so embarrassing.  I can’t stop crying.  I don’t want to face my fellow students who will ask if I voted, which I did and it didn’t matter.  Because somehow,  some way,  this is what the face of America has brought us.  This is what my people want to back,  this is who they want America to be, and I am horrified.  And I am so sorry,  but I need the day to mourn.” -Nov 9th

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For me there are things that are too painful sometimes to speak of, but you manage to look to your future, but will that consist of?

Sometimes it feels like everything is doomed, even innovations.

I am writing this paper on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and a 2.2 GHz Intel Core Processor. My father, 52, wrote some of his papers on a typewriter. For a millennial, there are several technologies that seem like archaic and obsolete novelties when compared to the technology of today. While the first typewriter was built by Pellegrino Turri in 1808, it wasn’t until the 1980’s with the rise of word processors and personal computers, that typewriters were displaced in the Western world.  Technology’s exponential growth is something that is both inspirational and worrisome. Society takes for granted these advancements largely due to how commonplace technology has become. Color TV sets in one’s home were not financially possible until the late 1960’s, and today we can “stream” videos from anywhere in less than a minute. Even our languages have changed to accommodate these advances.  Streaming, Googling, and downloading have no meaning outside a technological setting, and certainly didn’t fifty-two years ago.

Yet what are we doing with this technology? Where will it go?

Studies show that there is no specific direction of the development of Artificial Intelligence(AI). Maybe we will destroy nature and end up in the Matrix, fodder for our technology to sup on.

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Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk, they all mention the possibility of extinction of humanity due to AI. As stated by them, humans lose control over artificial intelligence, and there is a possibility that they can be manipulated or destroyed by artificial intelligence.  More importantly, we don’t know how our technology effects our environment and frankly those in power don’t care.

Our soon to be commander and Chief Donald Trump said that “Global Warming” was a hoax created by the Chinese.

Splendid.

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