Technology, Are We Advancing Too Fast?

Facial Recognition, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biotechnology (Biotech), and more.  This week, I am just taking a long-term view of what the world ahead might look like, within the next 10 to 20 years.

Facial Recognition & Motion:  The technology has developed beyond the point of just facial recognition and can now determine what/where a person is looking.  With motion detection, it is now possible to monitor a person’s efficiency and compare a person’s job performance efficiency to peer workers.  These technologies are starting to be used in some industries, such as trucking.  Companies can monitor the health of the drivers and trucks are being built with alarms and vibrating seats to alert a driver if they start to nod off or become distracted.  On the flip side, this technology in factories may put extra stress on employees to possibly perform at extreme rates of efficiency, causing burn out.  All of this technology is based on AI.

AI and the Self-Driving Car:  From a philosophical view point, we may be on the verge of allowing computers to make life or death decisions for us on a regular basis.  Imagine you own a self-driving car, you’re commuting to work, and two children jump in front of the car while playing.  The car will have to decide whether to save the two children or put the owner’s life at risk. I chose the word decide, but there really won’t be a decision.  The car will simply perform to a set of instructions that have been pre-programmed into the vehicle.

Biotech:  Biotech is reaching the tipping point.  Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is a very solid technology that lets humans perform genetic engineering.  It is now possible to create bulls without horns and breed more genetically perfect animals.

With the incredible advances in AI and Biotech, it may be time to take a quick pause and ponder what and how this technology will affect us in the future.

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Posted by Jack Gerbs in Recent Posts