The Future of Automation
What is going to be automated in the future that isn’t already? This is the big question. The future has always sparked different emotions within people. Some people envisioned a world like 1984 where big brother would know everything you do. Other people imagined a world like Star Wars where we would be able to travel to distant planets. In reality it feels like we are moving more towards the “brave new world” type of future. The book by Aldous Huxley, he imagined a world where the technology would eventually enslave us, but we would actually be happy with becoming slaves. In this world emotions are lacking and intimacy is not as we know it today.
Some people believe that eventually every human will have a chip implanted in their skin so we can be tracked. The thing is, we already walk around with a phone that has a GPS in it. There is no reason to put a chip in every person to track them. Because the phone has added so much convenience to our lives, we accept the possibility that the government is able to track us. This quote from Aldous Huxley speaks a lot to the world today:
He envisioned a world where technology would be used to enslave us, and we would be happy with it. That seems a lot like the world we live in today.
Today the average person will work 40 hours a week for roughly 40-50 years before they retire. We will take out debt for a school degree that will ultimately be useless because things will change within the 40-50 years in which we work. Technology is a good thing. Inventions that make us more efficient are needed so we can use more time worrying about tasks above the mundane.
What is next?
We do need to be careful with automation and technology in general. When we advance the VR and AR technologies, we will have a new set of problems to deal with. VR will create new worlds for people to experience that they will most likely prefer over the real world. What is real and fake will be harder to distinguish once VR becomes more and more advanced. We have no idea what this will actually do to the human mind once it becomes immersive. If your whole world could be virtual, why would you want to live in the real world?
Will our jobs be worked in the real or virtual worlds? VR is basically a way to control your experience of the world. The world will be how you want it when it becomes virtual. The issues that can come with this are numerous.
As the saying goes “at every new level, there is a new Devil” with each advancement in technology, a whole new set of issues will come about. If people are not prudent to recognize the issues of advancing technology, then bad things can happen. Elon Musk is right to raise concerns about AI because we really do not know what can happen.
With Quantum Computing starting to take shape, there will be more problems to address there as well.